The Grand Canal, known to the Chinese as the Jing-Hang Grand Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the longest canal or artificial river in the world. Starting in Beijing, it passes through Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang to the city of Hangzhou, linking the Yellow River and Yangtze River. The oldest parts of the canal date back to the 5th century BC, but the various sections were first connected during the Sui dynasty (581-618 AD). Dynasties in 1271-1633 significantly restored and rebuilt the canal and altered its route to supply their capital.
The Grand Canal Forest Park is both an ecological hub and a pleasant spot for a day trip, built around the northern most tip of the canal. Activities that it caters to include hiking, running, biking, boating and day camping.
Restrooms, playgrounds, and parking facilities are found along the path at irregular intervals, and while food and beverages are available from stores dotted down the canal it may be a few miles between each, so we recommend stocking up on water when you can.
When and Where
Activity: Grand Canal Hiking Time: 2:00-4:00pm Date: February 27 (Saturday)
Place to meet up: Exit B of Dongxiayuan station, Subway line 6.
Group Size: 20 Fee: Free