Han River
Hán Jiāng
Chaozhou Han River.jpeg
Looking across the Han River from Chaozhou City.
Native name韩江
ProvinceGuangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi
CitiesMeizhou, Chaozhou, Shantou
Physical characteristics
SourceMount Qixingdong (Mei River)
 • locationZijin County, Guangdong
MouthSouth China Sea
 • location
Shantou, Guangdong
Length410 km (250 mi)[1]
Basin size30,112 km2 (11,626 sq mi)[1]
 • average870 m3/s (31,000 cu ft/s)[1]
 • minimum33 m3/s (1,200 cu ft/s)[1]
 • maximum13,300 m3/s (470,000 cu ft/s)[1]
Basin features
 • leftWuhua River, Ning River, Shiku River
 • rightTing River, Meitan River

The Han River (simplified Chinese: 韩江; traditional Chinese: 韓江; pinyin: Hán Jiāng) is a river in southeast China. It is located mainly in eastern Guangdong province and has a total length of 410 kilometres (250 mi). The river is combined with two main tributary rivers, Mei River and Ting River, at Sanheba (三河坝), Dabu County.[2] Han River flows south through the Han River Delta entering the South China Sea at Chenghai District and Longhu District of Shantou.[1] The Teochew people refer to the river as "the Mother River".[3]

The river is named after Han Yu, a writer, poet and government official of the Tang dynasty, in honor of his contribution to Chaoshan.[4] It was originally named as E Xi (simplified Chinese: 恶溪; traditional Chinese: 惡溪; lit. 'ferocious river') before Han Yu's exile to Chaozhou. The river became pacific under Han's river regulation and named after him after his departure.[5]



Coordinates: 24°03′02″N 116°31′58″E / 24.05054°N 116.532669°E / 24.05054; 116.532669