CANGZHOU, CHINA — After extensive infrastructure improvements the world’s longest canal is now open for navigation by the general public in the vicinity of the city of Cangzhou in north China’s Hebei province.
The Cangzhou city downtown section of the world’s oldest and longest man-made river, the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, opened to navigation for tourism on Sept. 1. The canal is 1,794 kilometres long and has a history of over 2,500 years. It starts in Beijing in the north and ends in Hangzhou in the south.
The newly expanded Cangzhou section is 13.7 kilometres long.
Supporting works to enable the plan included 12 new tourist piers, six landscape walking bridges and renovation of eight existing main bridges.
The City of Cangzhou has also implemented water diversion and water replenishment projects in recent years, with diversion projects involving 180 million cubic metres of water in 2021 and another 300 million cubic metres of water this year.
More than 67,000 trees were planted on both sides of the canal, with a green area of 1.37 square kilometres.
Fifteen cruise ships lined up by the piers in Cangzhou in anticipation of embarking on the new itineraries.