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So 2000 years ago a genius idea led to the water irrigation system still in use today. Even as someone who doesn't generally consider basic engineering to be interesting this was fascinating.
Know in advance that this requires lots of walking - lots.
We were in the area primarily for the pandas but had half a day more to spend so we went to see the ancient irrigation system which travel sites say was one of the primary architectures to revolutionize irrigation systems and is surprisingly still being...More
We really liked Dujiangyan, an ancient town that was an important staging post in the Tea Horse Road to Tibet. We would have liked to have had more than a night there to take in the sights (eg Mt Qincheng) slowly, rather than to be...More
In dujiangyan the mighty rocky minshan mountain range give way to fertile and green foothills along the course river min flows. Lin beng of Qin dynasty (200 bc ) was the mind behind the irrigation system. the river has been harnessed through the irrigation system...More
The English audio guide for 40 RMB with a 100 RMB deposit per person is not worth the money. Instead I recommend reading about Dujiangyan on the Internet before visiting to know about the map, design and construction and to understand the water hydraulics about...More
We were very excited to visit Dujiangyan after reading about its historical significance to success of Sichuan.
Sadly all of the ingenious methods of redirecting the water flow has been completely replaced with concrete dams and flood barriers. The ancient engineering concept for which the...More
Drove up to Dujiangyan from Chengdu and arrived in the late morning for a day trip to the area. No advance planning was made. The area is filled with historical sites. The long walk around the area is rewarded by excellent scenic views with lots...More
On vacation with a colleague in Dujiangyan, who desperately wanted to visit the Panda Research Centre, we were told by a kind hotel staff member that the South Bridge (Nan Qiao, 南桥) was a popular place to visit. Arriving late afternoon, it was early evening...More