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Walking the Beijing Waterways: Northern Route

Updated: 2013-05-15
By D J Clark (chinadaily.com.cn)

Since the 11th century in Beijing, dynastic emperors built moats to defend their city walls, and it is a loop of these waterways that makes up the last of the five walks in this series. Once again it is Kublai Khan and his grand architect Gou Shoujing that we have to thank for building the moats, most of which still stand today in various states of repair. In part six of Walking the Beijing Waterways, D J Clark takes off along the Yuan dynasty circuit.

See the walks mapped here.

Story: D J Clark
Video: D J Clark
Animation: Xu Jiye
Producer: Flora Yue

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