The Grand Canal (also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the longest canal or artificial river in the world and a famous tourist destination. Starting in Beijing, it passes through Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the city of Hangzhou, linking the Yellow River and Yangtze River. The total length of the Grand Canal is 1,776 km. The Grand Canal Hangzhou is definitely one of the best places to have a glimpse of the world famous waterway. Hangzhou has two UNESCO World Cultural Heritages and the other is the West Lake.
Visiting the traditional buildings along the canal or cruising on the canal does give you an opportunity to see and experience Chinese culture and the authentic life of the people.
Historically, periodic flooding of the adjacent Yellow River threatened the safety and functioning of the canal. During wartime, the high dikes of the Yellow River were sometimes deliberately broken in order to flood advancing enemy troops. This caused disaster and prolonged economic hardships. Despite temporary periods of desolation and disuse, the Grand Canal furthered an indigenous and growing economic market in China’s urban centers since the Sui period. It has allowed faster trading and has improved China’s economy. The southern portion is in constant heavy use to the present day.
Where is the best spot to see the Grand Canal?
Nǎlǐ shì kàn dàyùnhé zuìhǎo de dìfāng?
How can I get there?
Wǒ zěnme qù nàlǐ?
Where does the Canal begin?
Dàyùnhé de yuántóu zài nǎlǐ?
How many boats use the Canal every day?
Měitiān yǒu jǐtiáo chuán jīngguó dàyùnhé? 每天有几条船经过大运河？
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