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Beijing, Between Yongding and Chaobai Rivers, China

39.9N 116.4E

October 21st, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Beijing, China - September 24th, 2009

Beijing, China - September 24th, 2009

Beijing, a metropolis in northern China and the capital of the People’s Republic of China, appears as a glittering white expanse in this orthorectified image. The city is situated at the northern tip of the roughly triangular North China Plain, which opens to the south and east of the city.

Mountains to the north, northwest and west shield the city and northern China’s agricultural heartland from the encroaching desert steppes. The northwestern part of the municipality, especially Yanqing County and Huairou District, are dominated by the Jundu Mountains, while the western part of the municipality is framed by the Xishan Mountains.

Major rivers flowing through the municipality include the Yongding River (west of the city) and the Chaobai River (east of the city), part of the Hai River system, which flow in a southerly direction. Miyun Reservoir, built on the upper reaches of the Chaobai River, is Beijing’s largest reservoir, and crucial to its water supply.

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