Grand Canal is an implausible manifestation of man power. Grand Canal is known to be the longest canal or artificial river in the world. The impressive Grand Canal is also declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. Grand Canal is also commonly referred as Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Its construction was completed in seventh Century.
You can start your journey to explore Grand Canal from Beijing. The end point of the Grand Canal is Hangzhou. While traveling, you can enjoy several stops of different provinces including Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. The Grand Canal is a link between Yellow River and Yangtze River. In history it was a fast connection between North and South China.
The total length of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is 1,115 miles. The construction of the Grand Canal began during the time of Qing Dynasty. There is still a portion of the Grand Canal that was constructed during 5th Century BC. Although, most construction work of the Grand Canal was completed during Sui dynasty.
The maximum height reached by the Grand Canal is about 42 meters (138 ft) where it flows through the mountains of Shandong. The canal has an operating pound lock system that enables ships and boats to easily make their way on heights. This pound lock system was invented by engineer Qiao Weiyue during tenth Century.
The modern course of the Grand Canal includes Jiangnan Canal, Li Canal, Zhong Canal, Lu Canal, Southern Canal, Northern Canal and Tonghui River. Besides the modern travelling modes, it still holds a place as a great historic attraction of China. Several tourists from all over the world come to enjoy a boat ride in Grand Canal.