The lasting allure of historic wonders
Updated: 2013-06-06 06:20
By Zhuan Ti (China Daily)
Dujiangyan looks natural, but it was made by man millennia ago.
The Dujiangyan irrigation system and Qingcheng Mountain are among the most famous tourist attractions in Chengdu.
Considered the oldest water-control project still functioning in the world, Dujiangyan has stood the test of time for nearly 2,300 years, diverting water to irrigate nearly 70,000 hectares of farmland in Sichuan province.
The system was built in 256 BC to tame the frequent flooding of the Minjiang River. Close to Dujiangyan, Qingcheng Mountain has long been recognized as the birthplace of Taoism, China's ancient indigenous religion.
The mountain is also known for its special local cuisine such as aged bacon, ginkgo chicken stew and kiwi wine.
The sites were both included on the list of UNESCO world heritage in 2000.
Ancient Taoist temple at Qingcheng Mountain. Photos Provided to China Daily
(China Daily USA 06/06/2013 page13)