The Grand Canal was once notorious in Chinese history, because the emperor Yang of Sui Dynasty built it for his self entertainment. Then as historians came to realize its great value in enhancing communication between the north and the south and promoting the economic development of the whole country, it regained reputation and status in Chinese history.
Through history documents and documentaries, I can imagine its glory. Last National Day I took a trip from its north end in Beijing to the south end in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Following the Grand Canal, we traveled through 4 provinces and 2 cities of Beijing City, Hebei Province, Tianjin City, Shandong Province, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province, and reached the river systems of Haihe River, Yellow River, Huai River, Yangtze River and Qiantang River.
The ancient city of Suzhou is unquestionably the jewelry adorned on the silver silk ribbon. It is the paradise for all merchants owing to the Grand Canal; even today, about half of the volume of goods is transported by waterway through the Grand Canal. Taking a boat on the ancient Grand Canal is absolutely one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of typical ancient river towns in south region of Yangtze River. Along the way, there are 10 ancient city gates of Suzhou, more than 20 stone bridges in diverse styles of traditional designs, ancient river town dwellings and historical relics; and the gorgeous lighting adds more glamour to the night boating of the Grand Canal. In addition, during the journey, you can also learn the historical stories, local customs, and enjoy good food of local flavors when appreciating the surrounding landscapes. You can find more information by visiting.