from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A river of northeast China rising near the North Korean border and flowing about 1,850 km (1,150 mi) northwest, east, and northeast to the Amur River.


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  • Mr. Ma said the government has reacted swiftly to solve the problem, unlike in 2005 when officials attempted to cover up an explosion at a chemical plant owned by state-owned oil giant PetroChina Co. that sent more than 100 tons of benzene, nitrobenzene and other toxic chemicals into the Songhua River, contaminating the water supply of northeastern city of Harbin.

    Cadmium Spill Threatens Water Supply

  • Sheng Li/Reuters A winter swimmer jumped with a mop into the icy water of the Songhua River in Harbin, China's Heilongjiang province Monday.

    Asia in Pictures

  • Diego Azubel/EPA A man dives into a pool cut out of the frozen waters of the Songhua River during a winter-swimming event.

    Celebrating the Cold in China

  • Sheng Li/Reuters A woman bled after she swam in icy water during a swimming competition at Songhua River in Harbin, China's Heilongjiang province, Thursday.

    Asia in Pictures

  • We were visiting Jilin City, in Jilin Province where a devastating flood pierced through homes, killed hundred of lives and brought 7,000 buckets of chemicals, some empty, some explosive, into a nearby river, which then floated downstream to the Songhua River.

    Xiu Min Li: "Look for Self-Help in Time of Disaster, Not the Party"

  • Weeks of flooding and landslides in China have affected over 140 million people in 28 provinces as rivers like the Yangtze, the Yellow and the Songhua have swollen from the extreme rains.

    Bob Ostertag: The Main Event

  • Water began flooding the town after the nearby Xingshan Reservoir and the Wende and Songhua rivers overflowed and rescue crews were delivering supplies by boat and moving people to higher ground, state television reported.

    China Floods PHOTOS: Worst Floods In A Decade Leave 30,000 Trapped

  • An explosion at a China National Petroleum Company plant hundreds of miles upstream in Jilin Province released more than 100 times the safe level of benzene into the Songhua, one of the three rivers that flows into the Sanjiang watershed.

    When a Billion Chinese Jump

  • Heilongjiang had been lobbying the central government for ten years for funds to clean up the Songhua.

    When a Billion Chinese Jump

  • The bus journey from Harbin to the Tangwang River, a tributary of the Songhua, was six hours due north on darkening, frozen roads lined by snow-covered fields and plantations of young, thin trees in tidy rows.

    When a Billion Chinese Jump


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