ancient engineering, china flooding, dujiangyan, flood control, irrigation, sichuan

The Dujiangyan Irrigation System, a Masterpiece of Hydraulic Engineering

There has been frequent flooding in mainland China recently, causing chaos everywhere. This makes us think of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System on the Western Sichuan Plain, which has been turning frequent flood damage into abundance and prosperity for the local people for more than 2,000 years. It is the longest-lasting hydraulic engineering project in history ...

Mikel Davis

The Fish Mouth Levee that splits the Ming River in two in Sichuan, China.

Is China’s Three Gorges Dam Worth It?

The recent floods in China have caused widespread devastation. One Chinese official noted that the economic losses alone cost at least US$29 billion. Around 70 million people across 28 provinces have been affected. Amid the carnage, experts are wondering whether the much-touted Three Gorges Dam, which was built across the Yangtze River at a cost ...

Max Lu