On September 8 2017, France's Orléans Mayor Olivier Carré visited Yangzhou and gave a keynote address at the World Canal City Forum. The topic of the keynote address was about the greening of Orléans, the ideals for sustainability and its implementation. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to attend the Forum and could hear Orléans’ story personally.
Hi everyone, I would like to bring you to Yangzhou today. I have been there many times, and deeply felt the immense impact the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal had on Yangzhou. Someone asked me, what was the deepest impression Yangzhou left on you? My answer is: this is a city built by water.
Hi everyone, I would like to share my experiences from a youth forum with you. Through this youth forum, I was able to witness the world’s longest canal, the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, up close and experience the charms of the canal culture. I feel that this is a very meaningful and valuable activity and here is my sharing of what happened during the forum:
Hi everyone, when we look back on the history of Chinese canal construction, it is akin to looking at a war film filled with killing, slavery, blood and tears. China’s first emperor, Emperor Qin Shihuang built canals to eliminate the six kingdoms and unify China under one rule. Famous Three Kingdoms character Cao Cao built canals to conquer the North and gain merit. Emperor Yang Guang built canals to aid his campaign for the ancient Korean Peninsula to eliminate threats on the border.