Watch Stunning Water Releasing Festival at 2,000-Year-Old Dujiangyan Dam (Video)
In China's Sichuan province, near the city of Chengdu, lies an engineering marvel that has stood the test of time for over two thousand years. Dujiangyan, meaning "dam on the capital city’s river," is a historical site that pays homage to Li Bing, an ancient engineer who developed a sophisticated system of levees, dams, and waterways to control the flow of the Min River. In ancient times, the river's unpredictable floods brought devastation to the region, but Li Bing's ingenuity helped regulate the river's flow and provided consistent irrigation for farming.
Today, the Water Releasing Festival is celebrated annually in Dujiangyan to honor Li Bing's legacy and his contribution to Chinese civilization. This is the history and significance of Dujiangyan and its role in regulating the flow of the Min River, highlighting Li Bing's ingenuity and his lasting impact on engineering and Chinese culture.
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Top image: Aerial view of the ancient part of Dujiangyan town and irrigation system. Source: D. Kvasnetskyy / Adobe Stock.