From its icy beginnings high on the Tibetan plateau, China's Yangtze falls over
17,000 feet to empty into the East China Sea.

In November 2001, an expedition set out for one of the most remote river regions on earth, the Great Bend.

Known to the Chinese for centuries as 'The Dragon's Back', here the Yangtze lashes its way through canyon walls, generating a massive 2,000 tons of water per second.

Aggressive and gentle by turns, the dragon perplexes and enthralls, testing their strengths and mercilessly probing their weaknesses.

Facing the Dragon documents an expedition that finds itself increasingly out of its depth on one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.