Dujiangyan Irrigation Project
Dujiangyan Irrigation Project The Dujiangyan Irrigation project is a miracle of ancient Chinese ingenuity. Before the completion of Dujiangyan, the plains around ancient Chengdu were exposed to floods due to the fast moving Min River rushing out mountain valleys and down to the flat ground. It was in the Warring States period about 2200 years ago, that the engineer Li Bing and his son led the construction of the Dujiangyan irrigation project which tamed the torrential Min River and irrigated the surrounding fertile plains.
The central brilliant idea of the project is the annual silt removal and maintenance plan devised by Li Bing that ensures the projects long - term functioning. The actual structure of the project consists of a dyke that divides the Min River into inner and outer flows, the fish - mouth shaped pointed part which functions to divide the water and the Baoping Kou (shape like the neck of a long vase) which functions to control and adjust the currents of waters needed in the plain area. The inner flow of Min river is then redirected to irrigate local farm land through the Baoping Kou. The Fulong Temple (Fulong Guan) was erected in 168 AD to commemorate the taming of the river.
Fulong Temple sits in Lidui Park overlooking the split between the inner and outer flows of the Min River. Also, Li Bing's genius is again celebrated at the Two Kings Temple (Erwang Miao) near the dyke. The "two kings", of course, are Li Bing and his son, Er Lang.
Two Kings Temple is located at the western section of Yulei Park overlooking the dyke. There are cable cars that run between Lidui Park and Two Kings Temple in Yulei Park. Most of travellers will, brave enough, walk through th An'nan suspension bridge, which hangs across the Min river, while walking on it, the shaking of it will scare people, creaming and laughing can be heard occasionally.