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And Quiet Flows the Canal
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  • A visitor looks at a painting of the Grand Canal's transportation at Paddling For a Thousand Miles: A Cultural Exhibition of the Grand Canal, at the National Museum of China in Beijing on November 11
  • Visitors read about the Grand Canal's history, illustrated by photographs
  • Cultural relics reflect the Grand Canal's history and social development
  • The model of an ancient ship at the exhibition
  • Digital images at the exhibition
  • 观众正在参观《潞河督运图》_083204_副本.jpg
  • 观众在参观展品_083203_副本.jpg
  • 鎏金铜辅首是此次展览的明星展品之一_083205_副本.jpg
  • 展厅中陈列的古代舟器模型_083207_副本.jpg
  • 一对母子正在参观大运河展厅中巨大的数字影像屏_083206.jpg

The Grand Canal, with a history of over 2,500 years, is the longest and oldest artificial waterway in the world. Stretching from Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, east China, to Beijing in the north, it connects several key rivers in China, including the Yangtze and Yellow River. A witness to significant social changes in ancient China, it is also a symbol of the creativity and wisdom of the ancient Chinese.

On November 1, Paddling For a Thousand Miles: A Cultural Exhibition of the Grand Canal opened at the National Museum of China in Beijing as a tribute to the important role played by the waterway in the economy, culture and transport.

The exhibition showcases the excavation history, water transport management, engineering technology, and intangible cultural heritage of the Grand Canal through 170 objects, supplemented by digital images and interactive exhibits.

Held in cooperation with the Capital Museum, Tianjin Museum and Hebei Museum, the exhibition is part of the coordinated cultural development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region in north China. It will continue for four months.

(Text and Photos by Wei Yao)

Copyedited by Sudeshna Sarkar

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