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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

Karenkatz,
Westborough, Massachusetts
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Dujiangyan Trip
Most of the people in the group were a little tired and they chose to stay at Jinza Prime Hotel instead of going on with the program today. There were two sightseeing programs - Dujiangyan and Qingcheng Mountain. Duanjiangyan is located about 60km west of Chengdu. Dujiangyan is an ancient irrigation project in China, built about 2000 years ago. Now it is still in use.

Dujiangyan Irrigation is located in the middle part of Minjiang River, the largest tributary of Yangtze River. During the ancient time, the Minjiang River was prone to the flooding mainly due to the fast running Minjiang River flowing down from its mountain source and entering flat ground. 2200 year ago, the local governor - Li Bing with his son devoted most of their life led the construction of the Dujiangyan irrigation project that smartly controlled the Minjiang River and irrigated the surrounding plains.

The governor didn't use the old way of dam building which was just to stop the floods. Instead he made us of a new method by dividing the water into two channels to tame the Minjiang River; one channel for irrigation and the other channel for headwork. When it is a raining season and too much water in Min river. The headwork works and control the flood. When it is in a dry season, just stop the head work and use the irrigation system only. The project effectively put the flooding waters under control.

The entrance to Dujiangyan
The entrance to Dujiangyan

A panoramic view of Dujiangyan Profect
A panoramic view of Dujiangyan Profect. The water is coming from the right to the left entering the city of Chengdu. The water running down is channeled into two parts; the upper part for headwork and lower part for irrigation. Now it was in spring. The farmers need the water. So the headwork was closed. When in raining season, the headwork will be open for the tame the flood.

A suspension bridge is over both the irrigation river ( inner river ) and the river for headwork ( out river )
A suspension bridge is over both the irrigation river ( inner river ) and the river for headwork ( out river ). The irrigation river is deep while the headwork river is shellow. You can find a fish-mouth rock projecting into the Minjiang River dividing the river into two parts to put the river under control and make use of the river for irrigation at the same time.

Walking on the suspension bridge
Walking on the suspension bridge

The irigation river or also called inner river. The river was made possible by cutting through the mountain.
The irigation river or also called inner river. The river was made possible by cutting through the mountain.

A close look at the fish mouth
A close look at the fish mouth

A picture of the Dujingyan Irrigation system. The water is coming up and down. The left sided river ( outside river ) is for headwork and the right side river ( inner river ) for irrigation.
A picture of the Dujingyan Irrigation system. The water is coming up and down. The left sided river ( outside river ) is for headwork and the right side river ( inner river ) for irrigation.

The Erwang Temple, a temple by the local people in memory of Libing and his son for the project
The Erwang Temple, a temple by the local people in memory of Libing and his son for the project

Coming out of Erwang Temple
Coming out of Erwang Temple

The Statue of Libing
The Statue of Libing

Lunch at Zhenga Grand Hotel
Lunch at Zhenga Grand Hotel

A nice lunch with cozy enviroment
A nice lunch with cozy enviroment

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