A Stroll Along Beijing’s Restored Canal System and the Ongoing Plan to Revive its Ancient Waterways

A project to reconstruct a section of an ancient canal system that once flowed through the heart of Beijing is finally nearing completion. The first phase, completed in 2014, linked Qianhai and Dianmen Dong Dajie. The second phase, from Dianmen to Beiheyan north of the Forbidden City is due to be completed by the end of this year. 

The reconstructed canal revives a legacy of canals and waterways which once crisscrossed Beijing.