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Grand Canal

The Grand CanalAlso known as Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, the Grand Canal is the longest canal or artificial river in the world, far surpassing the Suez and Panama Canals. It has a total length of 1,764 km (about 1200 miles). The canal was ever built in different areas and dynasties, but it is in the Sui Dynasty (581-618) that it was linked together.

The Grand Canal runs from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in the south to Beijing in the north of China, connecting the Yangtze, Yellow, Huaihe, Haihe, and Qiantang Rivers and flowing through Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang with Hangzhou at its southernmost end. It contributed greatly to ensure that the Chinese primary economy thrived in past dynasties. Throughing joining the river systems from different directions, offering much facility to transport foods and goods from south to north in past times, the canal importantly and greatly improved the administration and defense of China as a whole and strengthened economic and cultural intercourse between north and south. Now more than 2000 years old, some parts of the canal are still in use, mainly functioning as a water-diversion conduit.

Boating on this old Grand Canal is a best way to get a panoramic view of the landscape of typical river towns in southern China including ancient dwellings, stone bridges of traditional designs and historical relics. Experiencing some of the local customs offers much delight to travelers. Tourists also have an opportunity to enjoy good food while appreciating the surrounding scenery.

 

Grand Canal Tour

Like the Great Wall, the Grand Canal is noted as one of the most magnificent and wondrous constructions in ancient China, which can really offer a profound look into China's fascinating, historical past.