The embryo of Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal was firstly dug in The Spring and Autumn Period. From north to south, it crosses four provinces and 2 direct-controlled municipalities and total length is 1,794 km. With a history of more than 2400 years, it is the world’s longest mileage, largest engineering and oldest canal as well as the important heritage of humanity. Grand Canal is a gold card for Hangzhou tour and a classic destination for cultural experience on the south of the Yangtze River. Grand Canal flowed into QiantangRiver eventually and witnessed the vicissitudes of the ancient Hangzhou.
Nowadays, whether you walk or ride along the canal, or take a boat on the canal, you will feel comfortable. Through the views in front of you, you just can imagine how it was in old time.
Boats are the main transportation for thousands of years on the canal. Even today, they still play an import role. On the canal, while holding Longjing tea, you can enjoy the world’s top lighting master Roger Na Boni’s masterpiece “City • people • Light ” night feast and experience the bright colors flavor closely. More than that, you can ask some friends out to talk about the daily life, sitting there while enjoying the music.
Time flies, when the memories of mottled streets and bluestone lanes in the childhood gradually fade away, it’s hard to find the sound of city. Hangzhou canal still preserve Xiaohezhijie, Qiaoxizhijie and Dadou Road and other historical districts. White walls and dark tiles, bent corridors and ancient bridges, these forms canal scenery.
Xiangji Temple is one of the eight famous temples in Hanghzou. It was built in 978 and destroyed in the war in Yuan Dynasty, and rebuilt in 1371. When pilgrims from Jiaxing and Huzhou came to Hangzhou via the canal, XiangjiTemple is the first stop compared with the Lingyin, Tianzhu monastery, therefore, the XiangjiTemple was known as the “canal first incense “. To restore Xiangji temple’s spectacular, Xiangji temple was successful rehabilitated in 2009 and became the only main temple for Story Kinnara King Bodhisattva (Buddha fasting).
Gongchen Bridge was built in Ming Dynasty Chongzhen forth year (1631) to show respect to the emperor. GongchenBridge, with a total length of 92 meters, height 16 meters, is the highest and longest bridge among Hangzhou stone arch bridges.
Canal Plaza is converted from the former’s shipyard. Now it is an international and leisure tourist complex with star theater, famous international brand, KTV, café, bar, wedding photo shops, fine dining and other fashion items.
Located on the west of the bridge, with “arts and crafts ” and “intangible cultural heritage “features, the historical district is the largest museum cluster, including the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hangzhou, China Cutlery Sword Museum, China Umbrella Museum, the Museum of Chinese fans and Crafts Alive Pavilion.
Fuyicang got its name from “enrich by people, eminent by harmony”. It was built in Qing dynasty Guangxu Sixth year (1880), known as the “World Granary” together with Beijing Nanxincang. Now, with the introduction of granary barn coffee, SinologyCollege, animation creation, opera workshop and other cultural and creative industries, Fuyicang has become a modern urban life “spiritual granary”.
And now, the Grand Canal has successfully become a World Heritage Site. The local government departments will increase the canal’s protection and investment. They are committed to making the Grand Canal another iconic place for Hangzhou or even China.