Beipan River

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Beipan River
Beipanjiang Railway Bridge-3.jpg
Beipan River canyon near Liupanshui
The Pearl River system with the Beipan River in the top left
Basin countries China China

Beipan River (Chinese: 北盘江; pinyin: Beipanjiang) is a river in Guizhou province, China, and part of the great Pearl River basin.

Other names[edit]

The upper reaches in Yunnan and Guizhou were once known as the Zangke River.


The Beipan River from the Beipanjiang Suspension Bridge (built 2003) in Zhenfeng County.

The Beipan River passes through the modern Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou. When reaching the border of Guangxi, the Beipan River (literally, the Northern Pan River) merges with the Nanpan River (the Southern Pan River), forming the Hongshui River, which continues to the southeast.


The river was significant in history as a communications pathway between the Yelang and Nanyue kingdoms.[1]


The river is crossed by the Guanxing Highway via the Beipanjiang River 2003 Bridge, the Liupanshui-Baiguo Railway via the Beipanjiang River Railway Bridge, and the G60 Hukun Expressway via the Beipanjiang River 2009 Bridge. All three bridges are among the highest in the world.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yang, Bin. "3". Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan, Second Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE (Project Gutenberg Online Edition ed.). 

Coordinates: 24°57′22″N 106°08′28″E / 24.956°N 106.141°E / 24.956; 106.141