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Ling Canal

Listed under History in Guilin, China.

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The Ling Canal makes for an interesting visit but since it is located on the wrong side of Guilin so it gets far fewer visitors than it deserves. That is great for those who make the effort.

The Ling Canal was built by command of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor and the one who also ordered the unification of the Great Wall of China and for the Terracotta Warriors to be built (to guard his tomb). The canal links the Pearl and Yangtse river systems allowing for the transport of troops and supplies, and therefore helped bring the south of China under control.

The visitor cannot expect any one spectacular sight. This excursion is made special by the quiet and as a window on normal small-town Chinese life. We paid the extra and took a ride along the south canal back into town. Our guide played a Guzheng (zither) as we were poled along and watched the few domestic tourists and locals enjoy the park on either bank. In Xing'an we enjoyed a bowl of mifen (rice noodles) and lots more people watching before returning to Guilin.

Written by  Ian Ford.

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