Newrules is­sued to pro­tect wa­ter­way

China Daily (Canada) - - HONG KONG -

HANGZHOU — A new reg­u­la­tion has been rolled out in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, to pro­tect the city’s sec­tion of the Bei­jingHangzhou Grand Canal, the world’s long­est man­made­canal. The reg­u­la­tion was ap­proved by the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the provin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress and took ef­fect on Mon­day.

In June 2014, UNESCO listed the Grand Canal — whose his­tory spans more than 2,400 years — as a WorldHer­itage.

The 1,011-kilo­me­ter wa­ter­way from Bei­jing to Hangzhou, is the world’s largest civil engi­neer­ing project pre­dat­ing the In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion.

At the south end of the canal, Hangzhou is home to five river chan­nels and six key his­tor­i­cal sites along the world her­itage wa­ter­way.

“The cur­rent canal faces threats from both nat­u­ral ero­sion and hu­man overuse and devel­op­ment,” ac­cord­ing to sources in the com­mit­tee charged with pro­tect­ing the Hangzhou sec­tion of the Grand Canal.

The reg­u­la­tion bans con­struc­tion that may threaten the en­vi­ron­ment or safety of his­tor­i­cal sites along the canal.

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