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Ancient Lingqu canal to function again

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Added On July 17, 2017

Part of China's ancient Lingqu Canal will resume shipping later this year.

 
The Canal was an important waterway for China's ancient maritime Silk Road. 
 
Located in Xing'an County of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Lingqu Canal could be dated back to 214 BC with a total length of 37 kilometers.
 
The canal connects Xiangjiang River in the north and Lijiang River in the south, functioning as an important means of transportation in ancient China.
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE)CHEN XINGHUA, Expert on Water Resources
"Lingqu Canal links China's inland with maritime Silk Road in ancient China. The goods from central plains could reach Lingqu and then be transported to Hepu, the departure port of maritime Silk Road."  
 
The shipping of Lingqu came to a halt in 1960s with the fast development of modern transportation.
 
However, experts believe that the canal should be reinstated for cultural relics preservation.
 
Lingqu Canal is expected to fully function by 2019.