Huai'an shows the beauty of a water town once again
2017-12-06 15:00:00

Scenery of the Inner Canal (Photo from vijs.net)

A large-scale interview campaign, aimed at protecting the Jiangsu section of the Grand Canal and continuing the local culture, was unveiled on Dec 5 in Huai’an, dubbed as the Canal City.

The Transportation Administration, the only authority managing the national water transport of grains in ancient China, was located in the Huai’an district of Huai’an city, but it is only a ruin today. The remaining large plinth marks the once magnificent piece of architecture there. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, this architecture occupied an area of 30,000 square meters and was once in charge of the empire’s destiny. Huai’an was also home to the riverway governor’s office, and the country used to earmark 10 to 20 percent of its annual taxes for river regulation.

Water conservancy relics in the Huai’an section on the Grand Canal represent the highest level in ancient China. The water interchange in Huai’an is the largest throughout Asia.

The Grand Canal remains full of vigor today. Nearly 290 million tons of cargo goes through Huai’an’s navigation lock every year, making the lock the No 1 nationwide in terms of cargo throughput. Huai’an also took the lead to open container transport at its port on the canal in northern Jiangsu, which registered a container throughput of 150,000 twenty-foot equivalent units last year, accounting for 80 percent of the provincial total inland river container throughput. Huai’an Port contributes three quarters of the container throughput on inland rivers in Jiangsu province every year, and is among the leaders nationwide.

The Qingjiangpu Scenic Area, which receives 1 million visitors a year, is a miniature version of the cultural corridor of Huai’an’s Inner Canal, the Grand Canal section connecting the Yangtze River and Huai’he River. Numerous other attractions are scattered along the riverway, such as the water transportation site and the ancient irrigation works in Hongze Lake.

Huai’an has invested 11 billion yuan (around $1.66 billion) to build the cultural belt of the Grand Canal. The ancient canal is unfolding its new charm in Huai’an.  

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Source: jschina.com.cn Editor: Dylan