Han River
Hán Jiāng
Chaozhou Han River.jpeg
Looking across the Han River from Chaozhou City.
Native name韩江
Location
CountryChina
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]
Discharge 
 • 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
Tributaries 
 • 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]

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