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Dujiangyan Irrigation System

Despite being constructed in 256 BC, the Dujiangyan Irrigation System continues to serve residents of the fertile Chengdu Plain. A marvel of ancient engineering, the irrigation system was built in response to destructive springtime flood waters. It was commissioned  by Governor Li Bing who began work on the project to divide the river into more manageable streams so as to not breach the riverbanks. Once separated, the diverted water was to be funneled through the nearby Mt. Yulei en route to irrigating the surrounding fields and plains. Needing to blast through the mountainside in an age before gunpowder, Li Bing and his son employed a system where the heating and cooling of stones would crack an eventual path through the mountain. After four years of heavy construction the miraculous project was completed, and in doing so, created the world’s oldest no-dam irrigation system. In 2000 the Dujiangyan Irrigation System was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Located 35 miles outside the city of Chengdu, the irrigation system is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region. Those wanting to experience the brilliant engineering up close are advised to visit in the early morning hours in order to beat the crowds; and while the feat may not be overly impressive to the common layperson, the natural setting surrounding Dujiangyan includes riverside trails and various temples which make for an enjoyable day trip. Particularly notable is the Erwang temple which is dedicated to Li Bing and his son. This site continues to impress visitors even though the 2008 earthquake which struck the region temporarily placed some temple complexes under construction.

A favorite activity of most visitors is walking on the Anlan cable bridge which spans a portion of the river. The bridge is a pedestrian suspension bridge constructed of reinforced steel. Even though a trip onto the bridge may be a twinge unsettling for some visitors, it’s assuredly safer than the original bamboo bridge which spanned the river over 1,200 years ago. Shaky legs and all, however, the Anlan Bridge is still the best vantage point for viewing the ingenious complex in all its glory.

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Qingcheng Mountain and Dujiangyan Irrigation System Day Trip from Chengdu, Chengdu, null
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Qingcheng Mountain and Dujiangyan Irrigation System Day Trip from Chengdu

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Enjoy a day away from the city and experience the grandeur of the Sichuan region’s scenic wonders on this full-day tour to Qingcheng Mountain and the ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.99
Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Dam Guided Day Trip from Chengdu, Chengdu, Day Trips
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Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Dam Guided Day Trip from Chengdu

Enjoy a guided day tour to Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Dam to explore the wonderful scenery and the greatest water conservancy project in Chinese history. ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $302.00
One-Day Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base Volunteering and Irrigation System Tour, Chengdu, Day Trips
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One-Day Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base Volunteering and Irrigation System Tour

What is the best way to serve a giant panda? The answer is short and simple: to be a Panda volunteer! One-day Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base volunteering and ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $299.00
1 Day Panda Volunteer Program Plus Dujiangyan Highlight Private Tour Including Lunch, China, Day ... 
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1 Day Panda Volunteer Program Plus Dujiangyan Highlight Private Tour Including Lunch

This private day trip is catered to panda fans who wish to contribute to the effort of rescuing giant pandas, the most beloved but endangered species in China. ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $202.00
Private Day Tour: Dujiangyan Panda Base and Dujiangyan Irrigation Project from Chengdu, Chengdu, ... 
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Private Day Tour: Dujiangyan Panda Base and Dujiangyan Irrigation Project from Chengdu

See giant pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base on this 9-hour private tour.  Visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, which is the oldest and only non-dam ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $198.00
One-Day Private All-Inclusive Tour of World Heritage Sites: Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan, ... 
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One-Day Private All-Inclusive Tour of World Heritage Sites: Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Visit two world cultural heritage sites - Dujiangyan and Mt. Qingcheng in one day. Dujiangyan and Mt. Qingcheng inspired the Dream Works team to create Panda ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: Flexible

From USD $114.00
Private Custom Chengdu Sightseeing Tour, Chengdu, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Custom Chengdu Sightseeing Tour

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See the Chengdu attractions that interest you most on a private tour that can you can customize with a private guide. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing within ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $14.66
Private Day Trip to Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Qingcheng Mountain from Chengdu, Chengdu, ... 
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Private Day Trip to Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Qingcheng Mountain from Chengdu

On this private guided day trip from Chengdu, visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Qingcheng Mountain. The great Dujiangyan Irrigation Project is honored ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.00
Chengdu Private Panda Trip with Afternoon Private Custom Tour, Chengdu, Private Day Trips
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Chengdu Private Panda Trip with Afternoon Private Custom Tour

On this full-day tour of Chengdu, see the giant pandas in the morning and then enjoy a private custom tour in the afternoon where you can select where you ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
One-Day Private Customize-able Chengdu Panda Breeding & Research Center and City Highlights, ... 
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One-Day Private Customize-able Chengdu Panda Breeding & Research Center and City Highlights

In addition to the world's only Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center, Chengdu is also the home of many world cultural and historical heritages and natural ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.00

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