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Chu (river)

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The Chu (Shu or Chüy) (Kazakh: Шу, romanized: Shu, شۋ; Kyrgyz: Чүй, romanized: Chüy, چۉي; Dungan: Чў, romanized: Chwu (from , Chǔ); Russian: Чу, romanized: Chu) is a river in Northern Kyrgyzstan and Southern Kazakhstan. Of its total length of 1,067 kilometres (663 mi),[1] the first 115 kilometres are in Kyrgyzstan, then for 221 kilometres the river is the border between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and the last 731 kilometres are in Kazakhstan. It is one of the longest rivers in Kyrgyzstan and in Kazakhstan. It has a drainage basin of 62,500 square kilometres (24,100 sq mi).[1]

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In the Chüy Valley below Tokmok
Chu (river) is located in Kazakhstan
Chu (river)
Chu (river) is located in Kyrgyzstan
Chu (river)
Native name
CountryKyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan
Physical characteristics
SourceConfluence of Joon Aryk and Kochkor
  locationKochkor District, Naryn Region, Kyrgyzstan
  coordinates42°13′15.60″N 75°44′29″E
  elevation1,802 m (5,912 ft)
MouthAshchykol Depression
Turkistan Region, Kazakhstan
44°59′N 67°43′E
135 m (443 ft)
Length1,067 km (663 mi)
Basin size62,500 km2 (24,100 sq mi)
Basin features
  leftYsyk-Ata, Alamüdün, Ala-Archa, Ak-Suu
  rightChong-Kemin, Kichi-Kemin

The Chüy Region, the northernmost and most populous administrative region of Kyrgyzstan, is named after the river; so are Chüy Avenue, the main street of Bishkek and the city of Shu in Kazakhstan's Jambyl Region.