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Min River (Fujian)

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Native name(simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: 閩江; pinyin: Mǐn Jiāng)  (Chinese)
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ location
East China Sea
Length577 km (359 mi)
Basin size60,922 km2 (23,522 sq mi)
 ⁃ average2,158 m3/s (76,200 cu ft/s)
Basin features
 ⁃ leftDuxi Brook, Bexi Brook, Jianxi
 ⁃ rightJinxi, Shaxi, Youxi, Dazhang
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) 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.

The furthest source of the Min River is the Tanning Brook, which begins just outside of Fujian, in the eastern margin of Jiangxi. The brook flows generally northeast before taking an easterly course ahead of Chitan Reservoir. From the reservoir to Zhukouzhen the river becomes more sinous and its general direction curves to the north. It curves more to the east flowing through the town of Dabugangzhen before it enters a steep, narrow gorge. After exiting the gorge, the Tanning is joined by the Bexi Brook, six and a half km southeast of Shaowu. This confluence forms the main branch of the Min, sometimes called Funtun Brook. The Min flows southeast for some 550 km to its mouth east of Fuzhou. It is joined by five main tributaries, the Jinxi at Shunchang, the Shaxi which is the longest tributary, and 15 km to the east at Nanjing the Jianxi. Below Nanjing the Youxi and Dazhang enter the Min from the south.

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