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Dujiangyan Irrigation System

 Chengdu Attractions

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Introduction to Dujiangyan Irrigation System (都江堰)  

Dujiangyan Irrigation System is located on the Mingjiang River, 45 kilometers from Chengdu. The ancient irrigation system has been present for 2,500 years and remains the one and only no dam irrigation system in the world. The irrigation was constructed under the orders of Sichuan official Li Bing during the Qin Dynasty. With no irrigation system Sichuan was often prone to floods due to the Minjiang River. The system took four years to complete and once the system was in place no more floods had occurred.

The Irrigation is made up of three sections: Mouth Fish Levee, Flying Sand Weir and Bottle-neck Channel. The first section Mouth Fish Levee divides the river into inner streams and outer streams. The Flying Sand Weir filters sand and stones from the inner stream to the outer stream and also drains excess water of the inner stream to the outer stream. The Bottle-neck channel then controls the distribution of water to farmlands. To get a unobstructed view of how the irrigation system work, you can take a walk along the Anlan Suspension Bridge. Other attractions located at Dujiangyan include the Fulong Temple and Erwang Temple. Within Fulong temple is a statue of Li Bing that dates back to the Eastern Han Dynasty. 

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Dujiangyan, Chengdu, Sichuan Province

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Main Sights

Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Anlan Suspension Bridge, Fulong Temple

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Travel Information

Admission: 90 Yuan

Opening Hours: 8:00AM - 6:00PM

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1. Take a bullet train at Chengdu Railway Station to Dujiangyan, upon arrival take tourist bus No.4 getting off at Liduigongyuan Station .

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Travel Tips 

1. Try to avoid visiting Dujiangyan Irrigation System during Golden Week and summer holidays where the crowds and number of visitors will be substantially higher than usual.

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