In china the mekong river is called the lancang jiang meaning turbulent river the name derives from the thai languages mae nam meaning mother of water in 2009 145 new species were described from the mekong region including two new bird species five mammals 96 plants six new amphibians and 29 fish species previously unknown to science. Being the 12th longest river in the world and 7th longest in asia mekong river starts from the tibetan plateau in china and flows through myanmar laos thailand cambodia and vietnam. The mekong river is over 4000kms long its source lies in china and from here it flows through eastern tibet crossing to yunnan china before flowing through the tripoint of china myanmar and laos and continuing south crossing perhaps the most infamous geopolitical tripoint of myanmar laos and thailand or the golden triangle as it is more widely known. From china to vietnam the mekong river is the longest river in southeast asia and the 12 th longest on earth it total it flows through six countries china myanmar thailand laoscambodia and vietnam
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