62 kilometers of Beijing-Hebei section of the Grand Canal is interconnected

  For the first time, citizens can take a cruise ship to Hebei after Beijing has allowed the epidemic prevention and control of inter-provincial waterways

  "Looking at Tongzhou City from a distance, it's a big boat, a lighthouse burning high, it's a big mast... I'm sailing." Yesterday morning, at the scene of the Yangwa lock on the North Canal, a song "Canal Number" opened. Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Beijing-Hebei Cruise Ship Navigation Ceremony.

With the sound of a loud whistle, the cruise ships from Tongzhou and Xianghe sailed through the locks in opposite directions, marking the 62-kilometer Beijing-Hebei section of the Grand Canal to achieve interconnection. Beijing and Hebei are once again closely connected through the Grand Canal. Development has taken another important step forward.

This also means that inter-provincial waterways and inter-provincial water tourism transportation appeared for the first time in Beijing.

It is understood that after the conditions for epidemic prevention and control allow, citizens' desire to take a cruise to Hebei will be realized.

  Construction of three ship locks to break through the Beijing-Hebei waterway transportation

  It is understood that the navigation of the Grand Canal has gone through several stages. On October 3, 2019, the 11.4-kilometer river channel of the Tongzhou urban section of the Grand Canal was opened for tourism; on June 26, 2021, the Beijing section of the Grand Canal and the Xianghe section of Hebei were simultaneously realized in the province and city. Navigation.

With the construction of ship locks and wharves along the line, the establishment of 5A scenic spots, the launch of inter-provincial water transportation, and the improvement of supporting public service facilities, the goal of interconnecting and interoperating cruise ships in the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal has also been completed as scheduled.

  In order to ensure smooth navigation, the Beijing Water Affairs Bureau is responsible for the implementation of the comprehensive management project of the North Canal and the construction of three ship locks along the Beijing section.

Xue Wenzheng, director of the Beijing Water Construction Management Affairs Center, introduced that during the construction process, the water affairs department has improved the flood control standards of the city's sub-center by widening the river channel and building a slow-moving system, and at the same time forming the Grand Canal Cultural Belt.

  In terms of ship lock construction, due to the large water level difference in many places in the Beijing-Hebei section of the Grand Canal, cruise ships cannot pass directly. "Just like going up and down stairs, the function of the ship locks along the line is to help ships pass smoothly."

  The Beijing section of the Grand Canal has three locks: Gantang, Yulinzhuang and Yangwa.

Among them, Gantang Ship Lock and Yulinzhuang Ship Lock were put into use last year when the entire 40-kilometer Beijing section was opened to navigation, and Yangwa Ship Lock was completed at the end of May this year.

As an important water conservancy facility at the junction of Beijing and Hebei, the completion of Yangwa Ship Lock has successfully opened up the last breakpoint of waterway transportation in the Beijing-Hebei section of the Grand Canal, providing important basic support for creating a new pattern of tourism and navigation development.

The opening of the Grand Canal to navigation also brings new requirements to the water transportation industry in Beijing and Hebei.

Yuan Yongjun, deputy director of the Waterway Transportation Management Office of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation, introduced that the interconnection of the Beijing-Hebei cruise ships on the Grand Canal marks the first time that inter-provincial waterways and inter-provincial water tourism transportation have appeared in Beijing.

The Municipal Transportation Commission focuses on creating green shipping and the coordinated development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, and vigorously promotes the use and renewal of new energy ships in the selection of cruise ships. The existing ships are clean energy ships.

  Next, the Municipal Transportation Commission will continue to strengthen the communication and docking of the Beijing-Hebei transportation industry management departments, in the aspects of enterprise operation qualification, real-name system management of tourists, terminal security inspection, waterway planning and management, information construction, navigation scheduling, water law enforcement and search and rescue of jointly managed river sections. , ship type standardization and other aspects of in-depth communication and cooperation, and establish a working mechanism to maximize the comprehensive benefits of tourism and shipping in the North Canal.

  "Yan value" and then upgrade the Grand Canal to add Internet celebrity "check-in point"

  The smooth progress of navigation is inseparable from the continuous improvement of the water ecological environment of the Grand Canal.

In recent years, the Beijing-Hebei water system has carried out traceability management, systematic management and comprehensive management of water systems in the basin, "solving ecological problems with ecological methods".

Dou Yanbing, deputy director of the Beijing North Canal Management Office, introduced that by planting aquatic plants in the river channel, carrying out proliferation and release, building an "underwater forest", setting up water environment scouts, promoting the integrity of the river water ecosystem, purifying water quality, improving The water ecological environment also provides more habitats for aquatic animals and plants to survive and reproduce.

  At the same time, the comprehensive management of the North Canal (Tongzhou Section) was fully completed.

The 28.7-kilometer downstream of the Beijing section of the Grand Canal has been further upgraded in terms of "face value", and the canal landscape of "one axis, two belts, two mountains, and thirteen nodes" has gradually formed. Another Internet celebrity "check-in point" on the bank.

  In addition, Tongzhou District regards the Grand Canal Cultural Belt as an important carrier to undertake the spillover tourism demand of global theme parks. Taking the opportunity of creating a national 5A-level tourist attraction and promoting the interconnection of the Grand Canal Beijing-Hebei cruise ship, starting from "Three Temples and One Pagoda", With the canal culture as the core, the canal business district, the urban green heart park and the three major buildings are organically connected to construct an ecological and cultural landscape corridor of the Grand Canal.

At the same time, improve the landscape along the route, comprehensively promote the development and inheritance of the cultural tourism industry of the Grand Canal, extend the cultural tourism experience, and make the canal move, brighten and beautiful.

  "Canal cruise +" future cruises in the three places will communicate with each other

  Next, Beijing and Hebei will integrate high-quality resources such as Beijing (Tongzhou) Grand Canal Cultural Tourism Scenic Spot, Hebei Xianghe Chaobai River Grand Canal National Wetland Park, take the Grand Canal as the main line, radiate all along the line, and deeply dig, protect and inherit the Grand Canal And its coastal natural landscape, folk customs, cultural heritage and other historical and cultural tourism resources.

Adopt the method of "simultaneous development of points and lines, combination of long and short, and integration of water and shore" to jointly develop "canals" including water viewing, on-board business, shore walks, intangible cultural heritage display, picking along the way, camping, and cycling along the river. Cruise +" theme tour route to build the Grand Canal (Beijing-Hebei section) tourist belt.

  In April of this year, the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal was opened to water for the first time in a century, and the ancient canal ushered in a century of recovery.

Today, the interconnection of Beijing-Hebei cruise ships on the Grand Canal marks another important step in the coordinated development of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei.

On the basis of two places in one boat, in the future, the interconnection of cruise ships in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei will be realized.

The canal context, which has lasted for thousands of years, will become a flowing "ecological blue" on the scroll of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development.

  Text/Reporter Xie Li