Mega hydraulic projects amaze intl students
A group photo of some 90 international students is taken during their visit to China's two mega water conservancy projects Oct 27 and 28. [Photo/jschina.com.cn]
The size and ambition of the Grand Canal and South-to-North Water Diversion Project, two renowned Chinese water conservancy undertakings, have always amazed the world.
Embodying the wisdom of ancient and modern Chinese people, the projects once again impressed a group of 90 international visitors Oct 27 and 28. The college students from 37 countries had won the Chinese Government Scholarship for their academic efforts.
The Grand Canal, or the Beijing–Hangzhou Grand Canal, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the longest as well as the oldest canal in the world. It was initiated during the Sui dynasty (581–618).
Starting at Beijing, the 1,776-kilometer-long canal passes south through various provinces and cities, before ending at Hangzhou in East China's Zhejiang province.
The South-to-North Water Diversion Project is a massive infrastructure engineering project designed to solve China's water problems by channeling 44.8 billion cubic meters of fresh water annually from the Yangtze River in southern China to the more arid and industrialized northern regions.
The students appreciated the courage and wisdom of Chinese people when facing serious water difficulties, and appreciated learning from the Chinese experience how to bring benefits to their own countries.
The program was hosted by the China Scholarship Council and Hohai University, a Jiangsu-based higher learning institution with excellence in hydraulic-related studies.