Lingqu Canal (Ling
The 34 kilometre-long Ling Canal was built in the period 219-214 BC. It is
today's most complete ancient water conservancy project in the world still in
existence. It was scientifically designed and exquisitely built, linking the two
water systems of yangtze and Pearl rivers, and has become the communication
hub between the Central Plain and Linnan since the Qin Dynasty (221-206
BC). In recent years, Xing'an County of Guangxi Zhuang
Autonomous Region invested 30 million yuan (US$2.6 million) for the
environmental protection and tourism development. It has become a new
tourist attraction for Guilin scenic area.
The Ling Canal consists of a ploughshare, a water diversion dam, a south
canal and a north canal, a spillway as well as a boat-lock. The ploughshare
juts out into the Xiangjiang River, dividing 70 percent of the water into the
Xiangjiang River through the north canal, and 30 percent into the south canal
(the Ling Canal), which empties itself into the Li River. In springtime, the
pink peach blossoms and the green willows along the banks and their reflections
in the clear flickering water present a wonderful picture.
The four ancient water conservancy projects in China are the Ling Canal in
Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region , Dujiangyan
Irrigation Project in Chengdu, Sichuan Province , the Grand
Canal from Beijing to Hangzhou and the karez , an
irrigation system of wells connected by underground channels used in Xinjiang
Uygur Autonomous Region.
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