Keelung River

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Coordinates: 25°06′44″N 121°27′50″E / 25.1122°N 121.464°E / 25.1122; 121.464

Keelung River
Taiwan Keelung River upstream.JPG
Keelung River upstream
Native name 基隆河
Country Taiwan
Basin
Main source Huo Shou Liao Mountain (火燒寮山)
560 m (1,840 ft)
River mouth Tamsui River
Basin size 493 km2 (190 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 96 km (60 mi)

Keelung River (Chinese: 基隆河; pinyin: Jīlóng Hé; Wade–Giles: Chi1-lung2 Ho2) is a river in northern Taiwan.

The Keelung River originates in the mountains west-northwest of the town of Jingtong in Pingxi District, New Taipei City, flows down to a rift valley and then flows ENE to Sandiaoling. Then it flows northward to a point between Chiufen and Keelung City, and then heads back in a general WSW direction to Taipei, where it joins the Tamsui River and flows out to sea. The land around the Keelung river was rich in gold and coal, and many areas were mined.[1]

Map showing the location of the Keelung River within the Tamsui River watershed

Pollution[edit]

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

Events[edit]

During the 1880s, the French General Jacques Duchesne fought the Keelung Campaign in the river basin, defeating the Chinese.

On 4 February 2015, TransAsia Airways Flight 235, an ATR-72 operated by TransAsia Airways crashed into the river, close to the Nanhu Bridge in Taipei, resulting in multiple deaths.[3]

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