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普宁 Puning, Guangdong
The Emperor's Canal

The Emperor's Canal

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The Grand or Emperor's canal is the longest canal system in the world. It links Hangzhou in the south to Beijing in the north - over 1,100 miles. Designed to carry huge amounts of rice from the rich lands of the south to the arid north it proved to be China's life line for over a thousand years. The canal enabled China a transportation system free from the threats of storms and pirates.

Strings of cash

Throughout most of Chinese history a unit of currency was 'the string of cash'. Standard wuzhi coins had a square hole at the center allowing them to be strung together. A standard string would have one thousand of the small bronze coins. Handling these strings was far more convenient than loose coins.
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