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Min River
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Native name
Physical characteristics
 • location
East China Sea
Length577 km (359 mi)
Basin size60,922 km2 (23,522 sq mi)
 • average1,980 m3/s (70,000 cu ft/s)
Basin features
 • leftRenshou, Jianxi and tributaries
 • rightXixi, Jinxi, Shaxi, Youxi, Dazhang
Min River (闽江)in Nanping (南平). Railway bridge (闽江铁路大桥) at the back.
Min River (闽江)in Nanping (南平). Railway bridge (闽江铁路大桥) at the back.

The Min River (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: 閩江; pinyin: Mǐn Jiāng; Foochow Romanized: Mìng-gĕ̤ng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Bân-kang; Kienning Colloquial Romanized: Ma̿ing-gó̤ng) is a 577 kilometres (359 mi)-long river in Fujian province, People's Republic of China. It is the largest river in Fujian, and an important water transport channel. Most of northern and central Fujian is within its drainage area.

The provincial capital, Fuzhou, sits on the lower Min River, with its historic center being on the northern side of the river, even closer to its fall into the East China Sea; the location historically made it an important port.

Alternate Source

The source of the Min River is generally considered to be in the far northwest of the basin, hence in China the highest reach is called the Beixi Brook. The total length of the river using this usual source is 577 km. However, the furthest geographic source is actually the Suixi Brook by 12.5 km over the Beixi/Futun. The Suixi Brook is also the largest fork of the Jinxi River, which carries more water that the Futun at the point where the two meet. So although the generally accepted source is the Beixi Brook, in reality the Suixi is both the geographic and hydrological source of the Minjiang.

See also


1.  Fujian Local Records Compilation Committee. (2001). Fujian Provincial Chronicles: Topography. Fuzhou: Local Records Press