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Rivers that flow through China are as follows. The list is organized according to the body of water into which each river empties, beginning with the Sea of Okhotsk in the northeast, moving clockwise on a map and ending with the Arctic Ocean.

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (August 2016)

Sea of Okhotsk

Amur River basin

Sea of Japan

Bohai Sea

Liao River Basin
Wei River Basin
Yellow River Basin

Yellow Sea

Yalu River
Huai River basin

East China Sea

Han River Basin of Hubei, southern Shaanxi and southwestern Henan
Lake Dongting and the Lishui, Yuan, Zi, Xiang and Miluo Rivers of Hunan.
Jialing River Basin of Chongqing, eastern Sichuan and southern Gansu
Min River of central Sichuan
Yalong River of western Sichuan and southern Qinghai

Taiwan Strait

South China Sea

Pearl River Basin
Red River (Asia) watershed
Lancang (Mekong) River watershed

See also: Rivers of Hong Kong

From Hainan Island

Nandu River (map), Hainan Province

Andaman Sea

Nu (Salween) River

Bay of Bengal

Map of the Ganges (yellow), Brahmaputra (violet), and Meghna (green) drainage basins.

Arabian Sea

Arctic Ocean

Ob-Irtysh watershed

Endorheic basins

Dzungarian Basin

Ili Basin

Ili Basin

Juyan Lake Basin

Lake Alakol

Qaidam Basin

Map of West Qaidam
Map of East Qaidam
Detailed US Army maps of Qaidam, c. 1975. (Names given in Wade-Giles romanization.)
This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (August 2019)

Tarim Basin

Tarim Basin


Main article: Canals in China

See also


  1. ^ 中国河湖大典·黄河卷. Beijing: 中国水利水电出版社. ISBN 978-7-5170-1937-4.