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China: The Grand Canal attracts thousands of tourists

May 28 2006

In the Chinese city of Liaocheng, located in the west of East China's Shandong Province, attracts thousands of tourists, many want to see in the old town section of the Grand Canal, built almost a thousand years ago. Due to enhanced protection of an ancient channel becomes the new hot tourist spots in the country.

Land of the Great Canal in Liaocheng in his time was actually a river Hueytun, then became part of an important channel through which to transport grain from south to north during the dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Since 1999, work began on its restoration. According to Mayor Zhang Tsyubo, have now been cleaned up more than 20 kilometers of the river bed, recovered about 30 ancient gateways, bridges and piers.

In 2005, Liaocheng visited by more than 5 million tourists, the city revenue from tourism exceeded 2 billion yuan. The tourism industry is based on the exploitation of ancient canal, has become the reference in the city, reported Xinhua . "

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