Hongqi Canal and Taihang Grand Canyon, Anyang
(红旗渠·太行大峡谷 hóng qí qú tài háng dà xiá gǔ)
Visitors take in splendid views of Luositan Waterfall in Hongqi Canal. [Photo/hqq.org.cn]
Hongqi Canal and Taihang Grand Canyon are situated in Linzhou, Henan, connecting the Shanxi, Hebei and Henan. The artificial Hongqi Canal is built on the cliffs of Taihang Mountain and has served as the venue for youth's patriotic education for quite some time.
With 10 years spent on its construction in the 1960s, the 70.6-kilometer-long canal is widely considered to be the turning point in local people's history of overpowering the harsh environment. The well-built canal is affectionately called an "artificial miracle" and boasts a number of fascinating scenic spots nested within the beautiful landscape.
Linzhou's Taihang Grand Canyon stretches 50 km from north to south and 1.5 km from east to west. It towers 800 to 1,739 meters high with a relative height difference of nearly 1,000 meters, leading to different significant landscapes from the foot to the top of the mountain.
Famed as a natural oxygen bar, the grand canyon covers an area of 89 square kilometers with a vegetation coverage rate of 90 percent. Boasting lofty and steep cliffs, rushing waters and lush green trees and flowers, the grand canyon is a holiday resort for relaxation, rafting, landscape painting, and sightseeing.
Scenic Spot Level: AAAAA
Ideal Sightseeing Season: Early March to late October
Opening Hours: 8:00 -- 17:30
Ticket Price: 160 yuan ($23.16) for Taihang Grand Canyon
80 yuan for Hongqi Canal
① Children below 1.4meters;
② Active servicemen, journalists, disabled persons, army officers, tour guides and those aged 70 or above with valid certificate.
Discounted Tickets: 50 yuan for Hongqi Canal; 95 yuan for Taihang Grand Canyon
① The elderly (60 to 64 years old) with valid certificate;
② Students with registered student ID card.
Accident Insurance: 10 yuan for each visitor
Address: Linzhou, near Anyang, Henan province
Taihang Grand Canyon: http://www.thdxg.net/(Chinese)
Hongqi Canal: http://www.hqq.org.cn/web/zoujinhongqiqu/jingqugaikuang/(Chinese)
1. The climate on the mountain is rather cold, so prepare enough clothes to keep warm.
2. Smoking is forbidden in the area.
3. Ensure safety first.
4. Rafting hours are 14:00 to 15:30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from May 20 to Aug 31 if weather permits.