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Tamsui River

Tamsui River
Tamsui in downtown Taipei
Origin Pintien Mountain
Mouth Taiwan Strait
Basin countries  Republic of China (Taiwan)
Length 158.7 kilometres (98.6 mi)
Source elevation 3,529 metres (11,578 ft)
Mouth elevation 0 metres (0 ft)
Avg. discharge 210 cubic metres per second (7,400 cu ft/s)
Basin area 2,726 square kilometres (1,053 sq mi)
Satellite image of the Tamsui River mouth

The Tamsui River (formerly Danshui River, Chinese: 淡水河; pinyin: Dànshǔi Hé; Wade–Giles: Tan4-shui3 Ho2; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tām-súi Hô; literally: ""Freshwater River"") is a river in northern Taiwan. It begins at the confluence of Xindian Creek and Dahan Creek at the western boundary of Taipei and New Taipei City, just north of Banqiao District, and flows northward and northwestward, emptying into the Taiwan Strait.

The river's three tributaries are Xindian Creek, Dahan Creek, and Keelung River. Dahan Creek is the main tributary and has its headwaters in the Pintian Mountain in Hsinchu County and flows through Hsinchu County, Taoyuan County, New Taipei City. As a river system including Dahan Creek, Tamshui River has a total length of 159 km (99 mi) and a drainage area of 2,726 km2 (1,053 sq mi).[1]

Map of the Tamsui River watershed


The Tamsui River is heavily polluted by both raw sewage and industrial pollution from illegal industry. Clean up and natural river restoration is on the agenda of the Taipei City Government, Taiwan Central Government and several citizen organizations.[2][3]

See also


  1. ^ "The Republic of China Yearbook 2011 / CHAPTER 1 Geography (in Chinese)". Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  2. ^ Taipei from the River - Marco Casagrande, E-Architect March, 2011
  3. ^ Tamshui River Restoration Project Commercial, Taipei City Government, retrieved November 29, 2012.

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