Henan river named after legendary Chinese folk lady Meng Jiang Nu turns blood red

Updated:Sat, May 4, 2013 22:54 PM   By Bernd Chang

Water pollution,Meng Jiangnu

Have a glimpse of water pollution in China and take a look at The West Meng Jiang Nu River in Xinxiang city, Henan province which was revealed firstly by a Chinese netizen to have turned blood red. But it was not caused by industrial waste water and it did not contain excessive heavy metals, local officials said on Friday.

Shortly after revealed by Chinese netizens on May 2 that the West Meng Jiangnu River in Xinxiang city of Henan province turns blood red, local government has arranged to pump the water to a water treatment plant. The reason of the heavy river pollution remains unknown.
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After a Zhejiang river and the Yangtze River, China adds another blood red river in Henan.

Chinese Weibo user @一直在路上的孔蜀黍 from Xinxiang city, Henan province in central China was appalled to notice that the local West Meng Jiang Nu River has turned blood red on the morning of May 2 when he was jogging along the river.

He took a picture of the "blood river" and uploaded to his Weibo account, Chinese Twitter equivalent.

His post quickly drew comments from other netizens as well as attention from the local newspaper Henan Commerce Daily (Henan Shang Bao).

@鹭岛肖峰: Lady Meng Jiang has shed flood of blood and tears. She appears to be very heart-broken.

@有话好说别吵吵: Do not question the officials so closely, otherwise the concerned department will say it is because Lady Meng Jiang Nu has menses.

„I walked along the river for several hundred meters and found the river water in this stretch was all red”, said @一直在路上的孔蜀黍 to a reporter from the Henan Shang Bao.

The reporter then contacted local bureau of environmental protection, which conducted an investigation along the West Meng Jiang Nu River and found a 3-kilometer-long section of the river has turned blood red.

The investigation result proved to be not bad enough, anyway, if you choose to believe Chinese officials.

The next day an official, Zhang Yifang, from the bureau of environtal protection told the reporter that there were no companies manufacturing chemicals and dyes along the river and they had tested the river water but found it contained only domestic sewage and the heavy metal level was normal, according to Chinanews.com.

The folk tale about Lady Meng Jiangnu

Lady Meng Jiang (Chinese: 孟姜女) is a Chinese folk tale about the Great Wall of China. The story was set during the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC). It tells of how Meng Jiangnu’s bitter weeping made a section of the Great Wall collapse. Meng Jiangnu’s husband Fan Qiliang (Chinese: 范杞良) was forced to build the Great Wall and died from overwork. Hearing the bad news, Lady Meng Jiang cried her heart out. Her howling caused the collapse of a part of the Great Wall.

And two rivers came into being where her tears flew: one is the East Meng Jiangnu River, the other is West Meng Jiangnu River. Both of the two rivers are located in Xinxiang, Henan province and flow into Wei River in the same city.


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