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Canal culture flourishes in Jining, the canal capital

Updated: April 1, 2024

Jining, which is known as a "canal capital" because the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal passes through it, boasts a thriving commerce scene and well-developed waterways. Assimilating cultures from far and wide, the city has cultivated a unique cultural atmosphere revolving around Confucianism, fostering a harmonious coexistence of diverse traditions.


The Canal Memory Historical and Cultural Block, located in Rencheng district, Jining. [Photo/WeChat account: shandong12301]

At the heart of Rencheng district lies the Canal Memory Historical and Cultural Block, which originated in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and evolved into a bustling commercial hub during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It is Jining's sole commercial pedestrian street themed on canal culture and designated as a prominent tourism attraction in Shandong province.


Taibai Tower, named after the famous Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai (701-762). [Photo/WeChat account: shandong12301]

Perched on the north bank of the ancient canal in Rencheng district is Taibai Tower, named in honor of the renowned poet Li Bai (701-762), who frequented the site for poetic inspiration. Renowned as one of the ancient Eight Views of Rencheng, Taibai Tower has withstood the test of time for over a millennium, embodying the rich cultural heritage passed down through generations.


The Canal Hall at the Jining Museum showcases classic and enduring stories inspired by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. [Photo/WeChat account: shandong12301]

Furthermore, the recently constructed Jining Museum in the Taibai Lake New Area serves as a beacon of cultural enlightenment. The museum's Canal Hall depicts the historical significance of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal's passage through Jining, meticulously elucidating its political, economic, technological, and cultural influence on the region. Through vibrant storytelling, the museum encapsulates the enduring legacy and timeless tales woven along the canal's path in Jining.