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The Grand Canal

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China’s Grand Canal certainly lives up to its moniker: stretching over 1, 054 miles (1, 700 km), it’s ten times longer than the Suez Canal and twenty times the length of the Panama Canal.

It took several dynasties to build the massive canal network. Work began as early as 506 BC, during the Spring and Autumn period, by King Wu, who had his people dig the first canals in link fro a bld to control central china. since most of China’ s major rivers flow from west to east, building a water link from north to south to connect the rivers would greatly facilitate transportation and this became the dream of many emperors.

Emperor Sui Yangdi of the Sui dynasty was noted for directing construction efforts. At the beginning of the 7th century the Sui united China and made its capital in Luoyang in north China. In order to move food and goods from the prosperous south to the north and to satisfy his personal sense of grandeur, he ordered the connection and expansion of the existn . In AD 603 over a million worrer soft spoonrecting various rivers existing canals into one Grand the “Son of Heaven, he took more than 200, 000 attendants with him on his trips to Yangzhou on the Grand Canal. His massive barges were pulled by over 80,000 men while he partied into the night. After only 13 years on the throne,rebellions broke out and his dynasty was deposed. the 13th century the emneror of the Vian dvnasty ordered the renair and eynansion of the Grand In the 13th century, the emperor of the Yuan dynasty ordered the repair and expansion of the Grand Canal from Hangzhou to Beijing. This effort took ten years to complete Today the Grand Canal has fallen out of use, but lengths of it, particularly in the Hangzhou and Suzhou area, continue to serve as an important waterway.

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