Jian River

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The Jian River (Chinese: 湔江 or 涧河; pinyin: Jiān Jiāng or Jiān Hé[1]) is a river in China, the headwater stream of Tongkou River (通口河).[2] The Tongkou joins the Fu River which is a tributary of the Yangtze. The Jian River flows through Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County, Sichuan. The 2008 Sichuan earthquake caused a landslide dam on the river which created Tangjiashan Lake.[3] More than 100,000 people were evacuated downstream while a sluice was constructed. The river is now a blood red or crimson color due to pollution.[4]


  1. ^ Different sources refer to this river as different names. For Jian Jiang (湔江 ), see e.g., 挺进悬顶之湖——唐家山堰塞湖勘查纪实 (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2008-06-02. ; for Jian He (涧河), see, e.g., 唐家山堰塞湖准备爆破 (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  2. ^ 唐家山堰塞湖分洪前夕前线见闻 (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Backgrounder: Tangjiashan lake__English_SINA.com". Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  4. ^ "More people being evacuated from swollen lake area in southwest China". Retrieved 2008-05-27.