Brief Introduction to Wuxi Grand Canal of Beijing-Hangzhou Canal
2008-12-14 20:40:39 Source：太湖明珠网
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Xiang Xing: Paperwork/Photography /design Jane Chen/Carol Hsu: Tanslator
Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal has a total length of 1794 km, linking six provinces and cities as Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang. It flows through five main water systems,namely Haihe River, Yellow River, Huaihe River,Yangtze River and Qiantang River.At present the navigable mileage is only 883 km.
2500 years ago in the Spring and Autumn period, Fuchai, the King of the State of ,had dug Hangou Trench in order to invade the State of Qi.1400 years ago, Emperor Sui Yangdi had dug Jiangnan Canal .
In 1292, Khan linked the whole Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal together.
In ancient times the Grand Canal in Wuxi runs through the city straightforwardly.
In 1958 a new canal running from Xiadian Bridge to Laoyabang was dug.
In 1976 a new river running from Laoyabang to Huang pu Dun was dug.
In 1983 all the new rivers are open to navigation.
Wuxi section from Wumu to Wangting runs for 40 km. Wuxi section from Shuanghejian to XiadianBridge runs for 12.4 km .
The best section running from Wu Bridge to Renmin Bridge and Qingming Bridge is about 6 km.
The best northern section of Wuxi Grand Canal has open and wide rivers. The rice markets in Sanliqiao are still can be seen.
The best southern section of Wuxi Grand Canal still keeps the local -style dwelling houses which are in an air of antiquity and face the water.
Wu Bridge is not far from where I once lived before. You can walk there from Qingshi Road, or walk along the river from Xiaosanli Bridge, or walk in front of the church gate across Minzhu Street.
But in my heart I feel Wu Bridge is far away.Although for many years I walk across it for numerous times,in my impression I never walk under it. So till now I feel it must be a completely strange world at the other end under Wu Bridge.
However, this does not affect my interest in Wuqiao, because the Grand Canal in Wuxi which I will let you know today begins from Wu Bridge. (written and photographed by Xiang Xing)