The Yellae River (or Huang He) is the seicont-langest river in Asie efter the Yangtze an the saxt-langest in the warld at the estimatit length o 5,464 km (3,395 mi). Originatin in the Bayan Har Muntains in Qinghai province o wastren Cheenae, it flaws through nine provinces an empties intae the Bohai Sea near the ceety o Dongying in Shandong province. The Yellae River basin haes an east–wast extent o 1,900 kilometres (1,180 mi) an a north–sooth extent o 1,100 km (680 mi). Its tot basin aurie is 742,443 square kilometres (286,659 sq mi).
The Yellae River is cried "the cradle o Cheenese ceevilization", as its basin—specifically, the Wei River Valley that cuts athort the sooth o the lang Ordos Loop—wis the birthplace o auncient Cheenese ceevilizations an the maist prosperous region in early Cheenese history. However, frequent devastatin fluids an coorse chynges produced bi the continual elevation o the river bed, sometimes above the level o its surroondin fields haes an aa earned it the unenviable names Cheenae's Sorrow an Scourge o the Sons o Han.