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A Day at Dujiangyan Irrigation Project

We travel on a short bus ride to the 2,200 year-old irrigation project and Word Heritage site of Dujiangyan.

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This morning we got up early, had breakfast, went to the bank, and caught taxis to the bus station for our trip to the 2,000 year old irrigation system Du Jiang Yan. We left the station at around 1100 and arrived at the World Heritage Site at around noon. A tout conned us for about fifteen minutes but realized what was going on and caught the city bus to the site. While looking over the entrance area, we came across a lady selling green tea from the local mountain and Sunee negotiated a great price for a pretty good tea - Qingcheng Xue Ya tea(青城雪芽). We then spent the afternoon at Du Jiang Yan taking lots of pictures and movies. It is a great way to spend an afternoon as you can see.

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Had to snap this on the way to the World Heritage Site. This is the place that makes Apple iPads. Don't have one yet but soon, very soon.

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We arrived to the town next to the irrigation project and immediately were targeted by a high pressure tout. Listened, followed her to a van and then listened for another five minutes before we got out of the van and went to the bus station. Caught the Number 7 bus to the site. Most of the time, touts are a waste of time.

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Dujiangyan Entrance

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Sunee gets in for free and I pay half price. Welcome to old age benefits.

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Never mess with a Kungfu Panda.

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A nice fountain near the entrance.

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A museum-like store that sells ebony products. This and the next are close ups of some life-size statues.

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Another ebony carving.

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The ancient lion columns that act as water spouts

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Close up of the lion head water spout

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Macro photography - yellow close up

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Getting closer to the yellow flower

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HDR photo of a temple embedded in rocks

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The row of lion head water spouts

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Pandas for sell

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A beautifully lighted red rose

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Met these beautiful twins and took some pictures

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HDR of the river and local buildings

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Tools for the irrigation project

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Crossing a bridge

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The pagoda among the trees

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A different view

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A Chinese bridge

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Crossing another bridge

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Everyone was shaking the bridge as they crossed, so Sunee was not interested.

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The Dujiangyan Flood Control system over 2000 years old

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A bridge pretty far away

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HDR view of one of the bridges

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A stylized view of the mountains along the river

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A small beautiful temple next to the river

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Portrait

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A colorful buddha in one of the temples along the river

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Portrait with fountain

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HDR photo of temple along the river

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View of the area from a temple roof

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The old downtown bridge across the two rivers of the project

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A huge restaurant sitting between the two rivers

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Anyone hungry for dried and spice meat. I was not.

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HDR side view of one of the bridges downtown

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HDR view of one of the many temples in the area

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Bridge lamps

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View from the side walk on the main street of downtown

We left Du Jiang Yan and got back to Chengdu at around 1730 and caught taxis back to our hotel where we got a light dinner, contacted one of my students and had another massage before calling it a night. By this time, I was completely back to normal and looking forward to spending a leisurely day with Craig, a recent graduate of SWJTU in Emei.

Posted by inchinahil 06:46 Archived in China Tagged china sichuan dujiangyan_irrigation_project qingcheng_mountain

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