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The Yellow River is China’s most important river in the North. The soil along much of the river is yellow in color, and that’s what gives the river its name. As we cruise down the Yellow River. . . look closely at the mulberry leaves that grow along the banks. You may find them covered with silkworms. Their cocoons are spun into shiny threads, which will be woven into beautiful cloth called silk.

See that tough, woody looking grass? That’s bamboo. Bamboo forests have been cut down in the past to make room for houses, but now China is working to protect the bamboo, which is essential to the diet of panda bears.