Canal Mem­ory

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China's 1,800 kilo­me­ter Bei­jing-hangzhou Grand

Canal, the long­est and old­est ar­ti­fi­cial wa­ter­way in the world, has long been a source of na­tional pride sym­bol­iz­ing the fine ar­chi­tec­tural achieve­ment and cul­tural in­clu­sive­ness of China's an­cient civ­i­liza­tions. Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping gave in­struc­tions in Fe­bru­ary and June 2017 to pro­tect and use the cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal re­sources of the Grand Canal, which was listed as a UNESCO World Her­itage site in 2014. Bei­jing's lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­cently re­leased a plan to ren­o­vate his­tor­i­cal relics on the river banks, im­prove the wa­ter qual­ity and beau­tify the sur­round­ing land­scape. The north­ern part of the canal will be open for traf­fic in 2020 and a com­pre­hen­sive pro­tec­tion plan is ex­pected to be re­leased soon.

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