city in north-central Fujian sheng (province), China. Nanping occupies an important position in the communications network of northern Fujian. It is situated on the northwest bank of the Min River at the place where that river is formed by the confluence of three major tributary systems-the Sha River, flowing from the southwest; the Jian River, flowing from the northeast; and the Futun River, flowing from the west. All these valleys are natural routes through the rugged and difficult interior country of Fujian, leading toward the neighbouring provinces.
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