Jinghang Grand Canal Hangzhou

Attraction G 2501 Hang Zhou Rao Cheng Gao Su Chu Kou, Yuhang Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China Published on: 30-07-2016

1 hours 30 mins
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The Grand Canal Hangzhou is the final section of the Grand Canal ( China ), also known as Beijing-Hangzhou (Jinghang) Grand Canal.

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Why Jinghang Grand Canal Hangzhou is special ?

The Grand Canal Hangzhou is the final section of the Grand Canal ( China ), also known as Beijing-Hangzhou (Jinghang) Grand Canal. It is oft-lauded as the earliest and longest artificial waterway in the world starting from Beijing in the north and ending at Hangzhou in the south for a total length of 1776 km.


On June 22, 2014, the Grand Canal was listed as the site of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. It is the 46th world heritage in China including 27 sections and 58 elements of the Grand Canal with a length of 1011 km. The world heritage crowned Grand Canal covers 6 provinces, 2 municipalities and 25 prefecture-level cities.


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What to explore at Jinghang Grand Canal Hangzhou?

Visiting the traditional buildings along the canal or cruising on the canal does give you an opportunity to see and touch the Chinese culture and the authentic life of the ordinary people. There are many entry points for visiting the Grand Canal of China including Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, etc.

The Grand Canal Hangzhou is definitely one of the best place to have a glimpse of the world famous waterway. Hangzhou has two UNESCO World Cultural Heritages and the other is the West Lake.

The West Lake is well known for its elite culture – The upper-class intellectuals and government officials lived by the lake, cruised on the lake, wrote about the lake and painted the lake, hence of the glorified West Lake. By contrast, the Grand Canal was all about the ordinary people – how the low class people and vendor lived and worked. The two, both the intellectuals and labors create part of the culture in Hangzhou.

So, while planning your Hangzhou tour, the West Lake and the Grand Canal Hangzhou are the two must see attractions that give you a comprehensive picture of the past and modern Hangzhou, a real showcase of the area south of Yangtze River.

Boating on the ancient 6-km waterway in Hangzhou

Basically you have two ways of boating on the Grand Canals in Hangzhou. One is to use the cheap water service bus RMB 3-5, starting from Wulinmen Pier and ends at Hongchenqiao Pier, 7:30am-8:30pm every other hour. Tel: 0571 – 88024368.

The other is to take the night cruise of the canal – the route: Wulinmen Dock – West Lake Cultural Plaza – Imperial Dock-Fuyi Granary – Qianlongfang – Dadou Road – Xiaohezhi Street – Qiaoxizhi Street – Gongchen Bridge – Wulinmen Pier, totally a round trip of 12 km. 7:30 pam RMB 100/person Tel: 0571 – 88024368

Visiting the traditional buildings and cultural sites along the Canal

The Grand Canal once greatly developed the local economy and enhanced the communication between the north and the south. At its prime time, the area around Gongchen Bridge, which still spans the canal, was the busiest and most commercial area in Hangzhou, a transportation hub.

Especially, during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), when the Northern Song Dynasty moved its court to Hangzhou and established Hangzhou as the capital. The canal in Gongchen Bridge suddenly got much busier, becoming a major traffic hub and distribution center.

Gongchen Bridge stood there respecting and welcoming the emperor.

East of Gongchen Bridge is the Grand Canal Cultural Square where you may visit The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Museum

Source: http://www.tour-beijing.com/

How to get to Jinghang Grand Canal Hangzhou?

Basically you have two ways of boating on the Grand Canals in Hangzhou. One is to use the cheap water service bus RMB 3-5, starting from Wulinmen Pier and ends at Hongchenqiao Pier, 7:30am-8:30pm every other hour. Tel: 0571 – 88024368.

The other is to take the night cruise of the canal – the route: Wulinmen Dock – West Lake Cultural Plaza – Imperial Dock-Fuyi Granary – Qianlongfang – Dadou Road – Xiaohezhi Street – Qiaoxizhi Street – Gongchen Bridge – Wulinmen Pier, totally a round trip of 12 km. 7:30 pam RMB 100/person Tel: 0571 – 88024368

Source: http://www.tour-beijing.com/

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  • Great night out"
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  • “A great feeling of history!”
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Tips for you

  • It is reachable via an inexpensive water bus from several areas of town
    Transportation
  • You can take a public transport boat, it costs only 3 RMB and you can have a full view of Grand Canal.
    Transportation
  • You can visit Beijing-Hanghzou the Grand Canal Museum, Chinese Fan Museum and Chinese Umbrella Museum, all these museums are free in charge.
    Things to do
  • It is a great place to walk around and learn about Chinese history and culture
    Experience
  • Please bear in mind that do not take sightseeing boat coz it’s much more expensive then the public transport boat
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The Grand Canal originated from Hangzhou. People know Hangzhou West Lake very well but learn few about the over one thousand years old canal. West Lake’s beauty is elegant and graceful while the Grand Canal‘s beauty is quietly brilliant. Cargo ships still voyage. Lights still light. Life is in boom on both sides of the Grand Canal. Taking a canal boat to appreciate the time-honored Grand Canal especially in night really makes you sign with emotion that one thousand years is just a moment.

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A newly-restored part of the Grand Canal linking Hangzhou with Beijing more than 900 years ago. The canal area includes a Ming Dynasty bridge, a wonderful set of museums (all free) and a restored part of the city. It is reachable via an inexpensive water bus from several areas of town and is a great place to walk around and learn about Chinese history and culture. Two thumbs up!

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