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Zhexi Grand Canyon

China's legendary man-made waterway, theGrand Canal, runs from Beijing in north to Hangzhou in south stretching 1,747 kilometers long. It is 10 times the length of the Suez Canal and 20 times of the Panama Canal. It's another wonder made by ancient Chinese.

Interconnecting five rivers, the Haihe, Yellow River, Huaihe River, Yangtze River and the Qaintang River, the canal served as a significant mean of transportation over centuries. it offered much facility to transport food and goods from the south to north and boosted commercial development in the country. The section of Suzhou to Hangzhou now is still in active use. Vendors row their boats directly to households, shops in local townships.

Boat trip along the canal often offers tourists a nice view of China's typical water villages, arched stone bridges, riverside ancient buildings as well as country side.

1、The Hangzhou West Coach Station has buses heading for Daoshi every noon. Getting off at the Taiping Bridge, you will reach the gate of the Tianhu Resort. The fare is 14 yuan. 2、 You may take a bus to Changhua first, which will cost you12.6 yuan, and then transfer to a small minivan-style taxi (5 yuan) to get to Taiping Bridge stop, or you may also charter a taxi (80 yuan, you may reach the gate of the scenic area in half an hour) after getting to Changhua. 3、 From the urban areas of Lin’an City, you may take the Zhexi Grand Canyon special line bus. It leaves Lin’an at 7:30 and returns to Lin’an at 16:30 every day.

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