In 214 BC (the time when the construction
of the Great Wall was begun),Qin Shi Huang, the
first emperor of China, ordered the excavation
of the Lingqu canal. Thereafter, the obstructing
Five Ridges gave way to this convenient waterway.
Northern civilization came all the way down through
the canal and then to the Li River to Guilin,
creating a unique culture of Guilin in combination
with the aboriginal culture.The building of the
canal made Guilin become an important town, a
connection between the southern-most part of China
and the central area of the country in ancient
times. Lingqu Canal is the oldest canal in the
world and is one of the three ancient Chinese
Grand Irrigation Works. It is the embodiment of
the Chinese people.