The Grand Canal, a vast waterway connecting the northern and southern parts of China, saw all of its dried-out sections refilled with water on Thursday – the first time in 100 years, thanks to a water-supply project that kicked off in mid-April.
The Sixian section of the Grand Canal is a cultural treasure, Yang Feiyue reports.
Source: A flow of history
The 2021 Beijing International Canal Cultural Festival opened on Saturday, kicking off a series of events highlighting the cultural significance of the Grand Canal, an arterial waterway in ancient China.
The Grand Canal, spanning thousands of kilometers, is the longest of its kind in the world. Let’s take a trip along the current canal through a series of photos.
Source: Explore China’s Grand Canal
China has issued a plan to promote the protection and inheritance of the heritage of the Grand Canal, the world’s longest manmade waterway.
The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014, spans over 1,700 kilometers through six provinces and cities, with 42 km in the Tongzhou district of Beijing.
The canal connects central Beijing to its outskirts and then travels south, connecting the Yellow and Yangtze rivers while meandering past several urbanized areas.
On Feb 24, President Xi Jinping visited the Grand Canal Forest Park in Tongzhou, where he was briefed by local officials about its history, the management system and overall environmental protection provided by the district.
At the time, Xi said that Tongzhou has historical and cultural heritages, and to make the past serve the present its resources should be explored, with the Grand Canal at the core. Provinces and cities along the Grand Canal should all take responsibility to protect it, he added.
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Northern China’s wealthiest and most powerful elites call it home
Beijing is a beguiling blend of ancient architecture and design and the Canal Bank, an exclusive residential enclave built in 2009, is a fitting reflection of this forward-looking capital city that also honors its past.
The 84-acre neighborhood, which was developed by Thaihot Group seven years ago, has 208 detached houses with 20 acres of forest. It’s located at the east of S229 highway and north of Yunchaojian River, part of the Grand Canal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, according to Bruce Li, manager of investments and commercial of Asia Pacific Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International.