Three ancient Chinese waterworks get World Heritage nod
2017-10-12 08:34:00

Three more ancient Chinese irrigation projects were named World Heritage Sites at the ongoing International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) in Mexico City on Tuesday night, bringing the country's total to 13.

The three newlyenshrined sites are the Yellow River Irrigation System in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, the Sanyan Irrigation Project in Hanzhong City in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, and the Huangju Irrigation Project in southeast China's Fujian Province.

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The Yellow River Irrigation System dates back more than 2,000 years and is still benefiting people in the region.

Located in the arid and sub-arid region, Ningxia is embraced by desserts, making water extremely important.

The Yellow River flows through Ningxia for about 400 kilometers. By taking advantage of the special geological feature where the ground is lower than the water surface, people built a diversion dike in the Yellow River to channel the water into the canals built along its banks.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram