A NOTED Chinese historian and geographer recently challenged the general belief that the terminal point of China's north-south Grand Canal is in Hangzhou, saying that it should be longer.
The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal should start from Beijing and end at Ningbo city instead of Hangzhou, said Prof Chen Qiaoyi with prestigious Zhejiang University, at a recent symposium on tourism in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang province.
Prof Chen offered three reasons to back up his view, the first of which was that the canal was built section by section in different parts of China before it was linked together, with each section getting its own name.
Since the section in Beijing is called the Northern Canal while the section in northern Jiangsu province is called the Middle Canal, the total canal should of course comprise the Eastern Zhejiang Canal, he said.
Secondly, the Eastern Zhejiang Canal has long been connected with the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal as early as the Song Dynasty (960-1279). – People's Daily