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Dadu River (Sichuan)

Dadu River
Dadu He—Tatu River
The upper Dadu River
Map of the Min and Dadu River drainage basin
Origin Confluence of Dajin Chuan and Xiaojin Chuan at Danba
Mouth Min River (Min Jiang) at Leshan
Right tributaries Tianwanhe

The Dadu River (Chinese: 大渡河; pinyin: Dàdù Hé; Wade–Giles: Tatu Ho) is located in Sichuan province, southern China. It is a tributary of the Min River (Mín Jiāng), which is a tributary of the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang).

The Shuangjiangkou Dam will be built in its valley.


  • History 1
    • Landslide dam 1.1
  • Culture 2
  • Dams 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The river is noted for being crossed by the Luding Bridge, a historically important bridge. It was the site of a famous retreat by the Chinese communists from the Kuomintang troops during the Long March.

Landslide dam

The Kangding Louding earthquake of 1786 caused a landslide dam in the Dadu. Ten days later, 10 June 1786, the dam broke and the resulting flood extended 1,400 kilometres (870 mi) downstream, and killed 100,000 people. It is the second-deadliest landslide disaster on record.[1]

The Dadu River near Hanyuan.


A song from the Chinese musical The East Is Red is entitled "Across the Dadu River." The Grand/Giant Buddha is located on the high side of the confluence of the Dadu and Min Rivers at Leshan. It is a frequent tourist destination.


The Dadu is being heavily developed, primarily for hydroelectric power. As of March 2014, a total of 26 dams are completed, under construction or planned for the river. Those dams are listed below from downstream to upstream.[2][3]


  1. ^ Schuster, R.L. and G. F. Wieczorek, "Landslide triggers and types" in Landslides: Proceedings of the First European Conference on Landslides 2002 A.A. Balkema Publishers. p.66
  2. ^ Dong, Luan. "INTERACTIVE: Mapping China’s “Dam Rush”". Wilson Center. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Last Report on China's Rivers". China's Rivers Report. March 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 

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