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[[File:Tarimrivermap.png|thumb|right|300px|Rivers of the Tarim Basin]]
[[File:叶尔羌河 - Yarkand River - 2015.04 - panoramio (1).jpg|thumb|leftright|260px|Yarkand River]]
The '''Yarkand River''' (or '''Yarkent River''') is a [[river]] in the [[Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region]] of western [[People's Republic of China|China]], originating in the [[Karakoram]] range and flowing into the [[Tarim River]]. However, in practice, the river drains into the Shangyou Reservoir and exhausts its supply. During the period 1986 to 2000, it flowed into the Tarim River only once.<ref name="WildererZhu2003">{{citation|last1=Wilderer|first1=Peter A.|last2=Zhu|first2=J.|last3=Schwarzenbeck|first3=N.|title=Water in China|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=OYbmKnx3UmkC&pg=PA5|year=2003|publisher=IWA Publishing|isbn=978-1-84339-501-0|pages=5–}}</ref> The Yarkand River is approximately 1097&nbsp;km (600&nbsp;mi) in length, with an average discharge of {{convert|210|m3/s|cuft/s|abbr=on}}.
== Course ==
[[File:叶尔羌河 - Yarkand River - 2015.04 - panoramio (1).jpg|thumb|left|260px|Yarkand River]]
The river originates from the [[Rimo Glacier]] in the [[Karakoram]] range in the south of the [[Kashgar Prefecture]]. It flows roughly due north until reaching the foot of the [[Kunlun Mountains]]. Then it flows northwest where it receives waters from the [[Shaksgam River]], which also originates from the Rimo Glacier. The Shaksgam is also known in its lower course (before falling into the Yarkand) as the Keleqing River ({{zh|c=克勒青河|p=Kèlèqīng Hé|links=no}}).