The Grand Canal is one of the
greatest projects constructed in ancient China.
Grand Canal is the world's oldest and longest
canal, far surpassing the next two grand canals
of the world: Suez and Panama Canal. Grand Canal
begins in the north at Beijing and ends at Hangzhou.
This has earned it the name of the Jing-Hang Canal.
The famous Grand Canal is 1,795 Km (1,114 miles)
long with 24 locks and some 60 bridges. The building
of the Grand Canal in China began in 486 B.C.
during the Wu Dynasty.Grand Canal was extended
during the Qi Dynasty, and later by Emperor Yangdi
of Sui Dynasty during six years of furious construction
from 605-610 AD. In 604 AD, Emperor Yangdi of
the Sui dynasty made a tour to Luoyang. In the
second year, he moved the capital to Luoyang and
ordered the canalization of the Grand Canal. This
task lasted for six years and thousands of labors
involved in it. Finally, those original scrappy
canals were joined up and the Grand Canal formed.
Tangqi town in Yuhang county
of Hangzhou is a famous ancient town on the Grand
Canal in China. Till today, 300-year-old seven-arched
Tongji Bridge and the ancient streets along the
canal are well preserved.
The Grand Canal communicating
Yangtze River, Yellow River, Huaihe River, Haihe
River and Qiantang River, flows through Beijing,Tianjin,
Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang with Hangzhou
at its southernmost end. Since most of China's
major rivers flow from west to east, the Grand
Canal running north and south provides an important
connector between several minor river systems,
being restored as a water-diversion conduit. The
Grand Canal continues to function as an important
waterway, connecting Hangzhou with distant Beijing
(in 610 AD); it casts a living portrait of ancient
Chinese life that remain much the same today.
From the aspects of improving
communication between north and south, promoting
economic and cultural exchange and strengthening
the unification of the country, Grand Canal, like
The Great Wall, is an extremely stupendous project
in the history of Chinese civilization.
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