China is progressing a mega cultural project：the National Culture Park Scheme, which features the Great Wall, the Grand Canal, The Long March and the Yellow River, all epitomes of the grand Chinese civilization
In May 2017, the Chinese government issued its Outline on Cultural Reform and Development in the Thirteenth Five-year Period, in which it proposed, for the first time, setting up a range of national culture parks as its historical and cultural icons. In December 2019, Programme on Building up the Great Wall, Grand Canal and Long March National Culture Parks came into being. In March 2021, the Fourteenth Five-year Plan for China’s National Economic and Social Development and Outline towards 2035 specified that four national culture parks as above mentioned will see their completion during the 14th five-year period.
China’s national culture parks are for the cultural welfare of the public, symbolizing China’s national spirits and values, as well as its cultural essences. By their completion in 2025, they would provide more open and accessible resources to culture seekers, history buffs and ecology fans.
Highlights along the Yellow River
The Yellow River National Culture Park
The 5464km Yellow River originates from the World’s Rooftop—Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Known as the Motherriver of the Chinese nation, she runs west to east throughout the vast land of the Northern China, passing Qinghai, Sichuan,Gansu, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan and Shandong with twists and turns in the shape of the Chinese character几(pinyin: ji). The Yellow River culture is the most distinctive and influential pivotal culture in China.
8 Travel Routes along the Yellow River
The Great Wall
The Great Wall National Culture Park
Winding as long as 2,119,6180m, the Great Wall extends across China’s north and stands as a symbol of the Chinese nation. Listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, the walls have spanned through the Warring States Period, the Qin, the Han, the North Wei, the North Qi, the Sui, the Tang, the Five Dynasties, the Song, the Xi Xia, and the Liao times. Today’s Great Wall runs across 15 provinces and municipalities including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Shandong, Henan, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, and Xinjiang.
The Great Wall Scenery
The Grand Canal
The Grand Canal National Culture Park
More than 2,500 years have passed since the first digging of the Grand Canal. Once the earliest, longest and biggest ancient canal in the world, today’s Grand Canal still plays an important role in China’s transportation system. In June 2014, it became a UNESCO listed world heritage site. The Grand Canal National Culture Park covers the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, the Sui-Tang Grand Canal, and the Eastern Zhejiang Canal, those three sections encompassing 10 canals, namely the Tonghui River, the Beiyun River, the Nanyun River, the Huitong River, the Middle River, the Huaiyang Canal, the Jiangnan Canal, the Zhedong Canal, the Wei River, and the Bian River. Eight provinces and municipalities are involved: Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Shandong and Henan.