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The Summer Palace & The Tuancheng Lake

1 Day

◉ The Summer Palace & The Tuancheng Lake & The Diversion Canal from Miyun Reservoir

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is a well representative Chinese artwork in terms of both garden design and construction. In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace in its World Heritage List. The Tuancheng Lake in the Summer Palace is Beijing’s main water source. The water from Miyun Reservoir was transferred into the Tuancheng Lake through the Diversion Canal and then diverted to the urban districts of Beijing. The lake is also a key component for the Beijing section of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project.

The Miyun Reservoir & The Heishan Temple Village

1 Day

◉ The Miyun Reservoir & The Heishan Temple Village

The Miyun Reservoir

The Miyun Reservoir is the largest reservoir in North China, and it is the most important source of surface drinking water in Beijing. It plays a big role in flood prevention, agricultural irrigation, ecology, urban water supply, power generation, aquaculture, tourism, etc.

The Heishan Temple Village

The Heishan Temple Village is pilot project between China and the UNDP Water Governance Programme of Research on Agricultural Non-point Source Pollution Control and Environment Sustainable Development. It aims to solve rural domestic sewage problems through nature-based approaches such as zero-energy consumption and zero-net maintained ecological artificial wetlands. It also explores the pattern of under-forest economy of agroforestry and demonstrates activities such as rural waste recycling, women-focused empowerment training, etc. It represents China’s aspiration to promote rural revitalisation and the implementation of the water-related 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals at the village level and finds solutions for realising the harmonious coexistence between humans and nature.

The Dujiangyan Irrigation System & The Eco-based Restoration Project in Chengdu City

2 Days

◉ The Dujiangyan Irrigation System & The Chengdu Field Research Center for Giant Panda

◉ The Jinsha Relic Site & The Water Restoration Project in Chengdu City

The Dujiangyan Irrigation System

The Dujiangyan Irrigation System, operated for more than 2000 years, is a large-scale water irrigation system in Chinese cultural history, and has been listed as a World Cultural Heritage and Heritage Irrigation Structure. The system, as a grand water conservancy project, features water diversion without a dam, and is the only one that has preserved through time and has the longest history worldwide. Most importantly, the Dujiangyan Irrigation System still functions well at present.

The Jinsha Relic Site

The Jinsha Relic Site was the capital of the ancient Shu state in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in the pre-Qin period in China, from the 12th century BC to the 7th century BC. It was the center of ancient Shu civilization, rising on the Chengdu Plain.

The Water Restoration Project in Chengdu City

Chengdu is one of the earliest cities in China to develop aquatic ecosystem protection and restoration. It has carried out a series of exploration and practice in solving urban sewage treatment and ecological value conversion. The Sha River Project, as s sub-project of the Water Restoration Project in Chengdu City, has won the Thiess International River prize in 2006.

The Three Gorges Reservoir & The Gezhouba Reservoir

2 Days

◉ The Three Gorges Reservoir (The Pivotal Dam and the Power Generation Turbine Units) & The China Three Gorges Museum & The Chinese Sturgeon Research Institute of China Three Gorges Corporation

◉ The Gezhouba Reservoir & The Ship Locks & The Reservoir Areas alongside the Yangtze River

The Three Gorges Reservoir

The Three Gorges Reservoir is the largest hydraulic project in the world, and the largest engineering project in China. As a comprehensive water project, it contributes to flood prevention, power generation, shipping, water resources utilisation, etc. It is the world’s biggest hydroelectric station and clean energy production base.

The Gezhouba Reservoir

The Gezhouba Hydropower Station is the first large-scale hydropower station in the Yangtze River, and the largest low-head, large-flow and run of the river hydropower station in the world, with comprehensive function in power generation, navigation conditions improving, etc. It serves the function of reverse regulation in the uneven discharge of the Three Gorges Reservoir during the flood season.

The Chinese Sturgeon Research Institute of China Three Gorges Corporation

The Chinese Sturgeon Research Institute of China Three Gorges Corporation established in 1982, is the first rare fish research institution that is driven by the construction of the water conservancy projects. It provides technical support for protecting fish species while developing hydropower stations.

The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal(Hangzhou Section)

2 Days

◉ The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal(Hangzhou Section)& The Grand Jing-hang Canal Museum & The West Lake

◉ The Wuzhen Town (the typical Water Town in China)

The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal

The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, which was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000, is the earliest, largest and one of the longest canals in the world. It is still used today. The canal plays a great role in the development and exchange of economy and culture between southern and northern China. In April 2022, the refilling of water into all dried-out sections of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal was completed, enabling the full connection of the waterway for the first time in over a century.

The West Lake

The West Lake is one of the well-known freshwater lakes in China. It contributed to water supply, irrigation, and economic transportation in ancient time. The scenery of West Lake has always been praised by numerous Chinese poets and artists since ancient time for the perfection combination of stunning natural scenery and human culture.

The Wuzhen Town

The Wuzhen is one of China’s historic and cultural towns, and a typical riverine town located in the south of the Yangtze River. The rivers in the Wuzhen belong to the Tai Lake Basin water system within the Yangtze River. Streams, houses, bridges, stone paved alleys, all compose the most typical water town in China.