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Hutuo River
Native name滹沱河 (Chinese)
StateShanxi, Hebei
RegionNorthern China
CitiesYangquan, Shijiazhuang, Zhengding, Gaocheng
Physical characteristics
SourceQiao'ergou Scenic Area (桥儿沟景区)[1]
 • locationNear the Taixi Mountain of Fanshi County, Shanxi Province, Near the Wutai Mountain and Taihang Mountains, China
MouthZiya River
 • location
Xian County, Hebei Province, North China Plain, China
Length364.7 mi (586.9 km), West-east
Basin size10,540.6 sq mi (27,300 km2)
 • average243 cu ft/s (6.9 m3/s)
Basin features
River systemHai River watershed
 • leftQingshui River, Yangwu River
 • rightZhi River, Fuyang River

The Hutuo River is a major river in northern China and an important member of Hai River system. It derives from Wutai Mountain in Shanxi province and flows through the Taihang Mountains to reach the North China Plain, and meets the Ziya River near the Xian County of the Hebei province, finally meeting the Bohai Bay close to the Haibin and Gangxi residential areas, approximately 50 km south of Tianjin's centre. Other notable areas where it flows through are the city of Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province. The total length of Hutuo River is about 587 km and the watershed area is about 27300 km².[2] The discharge is approximately 220 million cubic meters per year.

The Linji school (sect) of Buddhism, influential in China and Japan, takes its name from a Linji Temple that existed on the shores of the river. The sect was created by the Chan Buddhist monk Linji Yixuan, who joined the temple around 851.[3] The Hutuo river is called Koda by Japanese adepts of the Linji school.[4]


  1. ^ "桥儿沟景区简介".
  2. ^ "Tributaries of the Ziya River". Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  3. ^ Youru Wang (2017): Historical Dictionary of Chan Buddhism. 386 pages ISBN 9781538105528
  4. ^ Penny Kaela Bauer (2019): "Kodatei". TraditionalKyoto website. Accessed on 2019-03-25.