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‘City of canal’ revives ancient glory
2018-03-15 15:44:00


(Photo by He Jinghua)

Huaian is a city prospered by canal. It witnessed the booming days of the Grand Canal of Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) dynasties. During Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, it grew into a national transportation hub and won the reputations of “boats in the south, horses in the north”, “a thoroughfare of nine provinces” and “a granary under heaven”.

The Grand Canal’s Huaian section stretches for 68 kilometers in length and boasts 93 heritages of various kinds. It flows through numerous scenic areas including the Liyunhe Canal Cultural Corridor, the Caoyun sector, Hexia Ancient Town and the ancient weir of Hongze Lake.

The water transportation hub in Huaian is the largest in Asia. The east-west channel of Huaihe River runs on the lower level while the south-north Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal flows from above. The two waterways, with a level difference of more than six meters, follow their own courses without interfering each other. The canal is very busy as numerous ships travel through, creating an annual throughput of nearly 290 million tons, the highest in China.

As one of the starting points of the Grand Canal, Huaian is going to promote all-round development of culture, ecology, economy and society. Taking advantage of the Grand Canal Cultural Belt project, it will comprehensively improve the canal’s functions in ecology, culture, tourism and leisure, and revive the canal’s historical glory at the same time. So far, 11 billion yuan ($1.74 billion) out of the planned 26 billion yuan investment has been completed.

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