Yuan River

River, southeast-central China.

It rises in Guizhou province, then flows northeast in Hunan province to Dongting Lake. It is 537 mi (864 km) long and is navigable for most of its course.

* * *

Chinese (Pinyin)  Yuan Jiang  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  Yüan Chiang,  also spelled  Yüan Kiang 

      river of eastern Guizhou (Kweichow) and western Hunan provinces, southeastern China. The Yuan River is about 635 miles (1,020 km) long and rises in the Miao Mountains near Duyun in Guizhou. Its upstream sections are called the Longtou and Qingshui rivers. It becomes the Yuan River after its confluence with its northern tributary, the Wu River, which flows through Zhijiang. It then flows northeast along the western flank of the Xuefeng Mountains in Hunan to discharge into Dongting Lake at Changde and then into the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang). The Yuan is a major waterway for western Hunan and eastern Guizhou. Large vessels on it can reach Changde, and small steamboats can travel as far as Taoyuan. Above this there are rapids, but shallow-draft junks can reach Hongjiang near the Guizhou border and can travel up the Wu River as far as Zhijiang. Although there are highways running through the Yuan valley, the river is still an important means of transport for the mountainous areas of western Hunan.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Yuan River — The Yuan River (zh cp|c=沅江|p= Yuánjiāng or Chinese: 沅水; pinyin: Yuánshuǐ ) is one of the four largest rivers in Hunan province in southeast central China, and is a tributary of Yangtze River.It is 864 km (537 miles) long and rises in Guizhou… …   Wikipedia

  • Yuan — may refer to: Chinese yuan, the basic unit of currency in China Renminbi, the current currency used in the People s Republic of China, whose basic unit is Yuan New Taiwan Dollar, the current currency used in the Republic of China, whose basic… …   Wikipedia

  • yuan — /yooh ahn /; Chin. /yyuuahn/, n., pl. yuan. 1. Also called yuan dollar. a copper coin of the Republic of China, equal to 100 cents; dollar. 2. a paper money, brass or cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of the People s Republic of China, equal to …   Universalium

  • Yüan — /yooh ahn /; Chin. /yyuuahn/, n. 1. the Mongol dynasty in China, 1260 1368, founded by Kublai Khan. 2. Yüen. Also, Pinyin, Yuan. * * * (as used in expressions) Ma Yuan Qu Yuan Yuan Chiang Yuan dynasty …   Universalium

  • Yuan — /yooh ahn /; Chin. /yyuuahn/, n. (sometimes l.c.) (in the Republic of China) a department of government; council. * * * (as used in expressions) Ma Yuan Qu Yuan Yuan Chiang Yuan dynasty Yuan River Yuan Shikai * * * ▪ Chinese currency …   Universalium

  • river — river1 riverless, adj. riverlike, adj. /riv euhr/, n. 1. a natural stream of water of fairly large size flowing in a definite course or channel or series of diverging and converging channels. 2. a similar stream of something other than water: a… …   Universalium

  • Yuan Hao — (元顥) (d. 529), courtesy name Ziming (子明), was an imperial prince and pretender to the throne of the Chinese/Xianbei dynasty Northern Wei, who briefly received allegiance from most of the provinces south of the Yellow River after he captured the… …   Wikipedia

  • Yuan (surname) — Yuan (, Audio|zh yuan2.ogg|pronunciation) is a Chinese surname ranked 37th in China by population.Is Yuen in Canton and Hong Kong, Cantonese Phonetic is Yuen . [Chinese surnames pronounced yuán which still exist include: , , , , , and ; surnames… …   Wikipedia

  • Yuan Zai — (元載) (d. May 10, 777http://www.sinica.edu.tw/ftms bin/kiwi1/luso.sh?lstype=2 dyna=%AD%F0 king=%A5N%A9v reign=%A4j%BE%E4 yy=12 ycanzi= mm=3 dd= dcanzi=%A9%B0%A8%B0] ), courtesy name Gongfu (公輔), formally Viscount Huang of Xuchang (許昌荒子) and then… …   Wikipedia

  • Yuan Wencai — (袁文才; also Yuan Xuansan 袁選三) was a former bandit chieftain who operated in the mountainous area of Jinggangshan in Jiangxi province, China, from 1923, and then joined the communists, becoming a protege of Mao Zedong during their formative period… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.