Keelung River upstream
Huo Shou Liao Mountain (火燒寮山)|
560 m (1,840 ft)
|River mouth||Tamsui River|
|Length||96 km (60 mi)|
|Basin size||493 km2 (190 sq mi)|
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.
Park along the river is Dajia Riverside Park.
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.
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 43 fatalities and 17 injuries, including two on the ground.
- Welch, AJ (2011). "Taipei from the River". E-Architect.
- McKirdy, Euan (4 February 2015). "Multiple fatalities after TransAsia flight hits Taipei bridge, crashes into river". CNN.
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