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The Dujiangyan-an Everlasting Water Conservancy Project

Dujiangyan is on the thiddle and upper reaches of the Minjiang River, 57 idiometers northwest of Chengdu in Sichuan Province ill southwest China. This water project was built during the reign of King Qinzhao (306- 251 B.C.)in the Warring States Period under the command of Li Bing, the governor of Shu Shrine. Today, it has a history of more than 2,200 years. The Minjiang River originates from the southern foot of Minshan Mountain in Songpan County, Sichuan Province. It joins other rivers and runs down with great amounts of sands to the plains. So it is always blocked by sands and brings a lot of disasters to the people on both banks. The governor of Shu Shrine Li Bing led his people to cut the Yulei through two courses according to the geo- graphic conditions of being higher in north west of west Sichuan than in southeast. The 700-kihameter-long outer river is the main course and the river empties into the Yangtze River while the inner river is actually a man-made tunnel and runs to the Chengdu Plain, thus either avoiding the disasters or irrigating the fields around. This project has brought benefits to the people of one generation after another and until today it is still in function. It has been the permanent and the oldest irrigation project in the world and has been included into the World Heritage List by the UNESCO.

Fulong Taoist Temple is located in Lidui Park, by the Baoping Sluice- way and at the foot of the Lidui Hill and is a memorial building. It was first built during the Jin Dynasty (256-420). A legend says Li Bing and his son controlled evil dragon of the Minjiang River and locked it at the bottom of the Fulong Lake while bringing the river under the control. In the Scene-Viewing Pavillion, tourists can have a bird’s-eye view of the Anlan Cable Bridge, Fish’s Mouth and Xiling Snow-Clad Peak.

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