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China's water transfer project begins


12-12-2014 14:26 BJT

Friday marks an important day for China’s South-North water transfer project, as water will begin to flow from central China’s Danjiangkou reservoir to Beijing.

The water will travel more than 14-hundred kilometers to reach the capital’s Tuanjie Lake, which is expected to take 17 days. The massive construction project has so far taken 12 years.

This is the first section of the central route to open. The South-North Water Transfer Project has three routes, with the central one bringing water from upper reaches of the Han River to Beijing and Tianjin. The eastern route will course through the Grand Canal.

Meanwhile water in the western route will flow from three tributaries of the Yangtze River near the Bayankala Mountain, bringing much needed water to China’s western regions, including Qinghai, Gansu, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Ningxia.

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