The Dujiangyan Irrigation System is a major project of equal significance with the Great Wall in the history of Chinese civilization. The weir as a grand water conservancy project features water diversion without a dam, and is the only one that has survived through time and enjoys the longest history worldwide. It still plays a major role today. The weir is composed of the Yuzui Water Diversion Dam, Feishayan Spillway and Baopingkou Water Inlet, which eliminates floods and turns Chuanxi Plain into the beautiful and affluent Land of Plenty.
Baopingkou is the first water conservancy project that can be seen when you get into the Dujiangyan Scenic Spot. It is in fact a ditch less than 20 m wide dug by Li Bing. However, as the throat that controls the water flow from Neijiang River to Chengdu Plain, it plays a vital role in the strict control of water volume. This site is in the shape of a bottleneck when looked down on from the sky, thus gaining its name.
The top of Dragon Taming Temple is the best place to look down over the grand vista of torrential water passing through Baopingkou. The crystal and running water in Minjiang River reminds you of the wisdom of our ancestors.
Yuzui is short for Yuzui Water Diversion Dam of Dujiang Weir. Located deep inside Dujiang Weir, Yuzui is essentially the grandest part that is worth visiting.
Feishayan Spillway is the second largest project in Dujiang Weir. It functions cleverly in water diversion and desilting, though it seems to be nothing special. The scene is spectacular, particularly in summer when the water in Minjiang is abundant.
Anlan Bridge in front of Er’wang Temple is one of five well-known ancient bridges in China, stretching over the water diversion spot between Neijiang River and Waijiang River.
Torrential water roars under the ancient Anlan Rope Bridge. Courageous visitors are encouraged to try crossing the bridge. Both sides of the Rope Bridge are very safe with good protection, although the bridge swings. Here is also an ideal chance for photo-taking. Please take care of your cameras and yourselves.