Beijing makes strides preserving Grand Canal's cultural heritage

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Beijing has made significant progress in protecting the cultural heritage of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. More than 220 projects along the canal are under way, and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Museum is expected to open by year's end, officials said at a cultural dialogue themed on the Grand Canal on Monday.

Beijing has developed a comprehensive plan for the protection of relics along the Grand Canal, aiming to preserve their historical integrity as much as possible, said Zhao Weidong, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Beijing Municipal Committee.

Following a series of renovation efforts, many ancient structures across the city have been restored. For example, Wanning Bridge in Xicheng district has been returned to its original state while local mural paintings have been preserved using digital technology, according to Chen Mingjie, director of the Beijing Municipal Cultural Heritage Bureau.

The growing number of museums along the canal serves as further evidence of the revival of Grand Canal culture. In addition to the 165 registered museums across the city's seven districts, the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Museum is set to open by the end of this year. It will display about 6,000 cultural relics to the public.

Moreover, the city is planning to use advanced technology to enhance the protection of the Grand Canal's eco-environment and cultural heritage. In the Tonghui River section of the Grand Canal, Beijing has established 88 monitoring sites and nine sampling sites to assess water quality. Additionally, a range of technologies, including virtual reality cameras, will be used to document the environment of the area.

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