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Interview: “Restored Jade River tells some of the early history of Beijing,” Radio Beijing AM774

The second part of my conversation with Bruce Connolly of Radio Beijing AM774 on the renovation of the Jade River and the canal system of Beijing.Also check out my post for The Beijinger on the canals, “A Stroll Along Beijing’s Restored Canal System and the Ongoing Plan to Revive its Ancient Waterways.”

Restored Jade River tells some of the early history of Beijing

Bruce is walking and talking with Beijing historian Jeremiah Jenne. As they follow the banks of this beautifully restored waterway they come to platforms rising above the water. There there are a series of excellent murals depicting the story of the Grand Canal This actual waterway flowed from Shichahai’s Front Lake (Qianhai) to the eastern side of the former Imperial City and into the grounds of the Forbidden City just north of today’s Chang’an Avenue.