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34-35.  The neglected route includes a number of what appear to be remnants of historic structures, including bridges, weirs, and lock-gate structures such as the one below.  {SEE Stamp #3 on the HOME page.]

36.  Vegetation-shrouded arch bridge where the canal joins a tributary of the Li River just beyond, approximately five kilometers west of Xing’an.

31.  At one point, the Lingqu appears to be encroached upon by dirt fill, dumped for nearby construction.

26-27-28.  The canal’s banks of silt and mud are used for home gardens maintained by local residents, irrigated by hand using buckets filled with canal water. Many multi-story housing projects are under construction in this part of Xing’an.

Photographs of the western portions of the Língqú 灵渠 Magic Transport Canal in Xing’an County,

Guanxi Province, China, showing its deteriorated and neglected condition. 

                                                                                                                                                               All photos © 2014 Jim Stembridge and Peiru Xu

22-23.  The last of the restored Lingqu a few blocks west of Water Street, the sidewalk ends and what remains of the canal flows slowly and quietly around a corner, lost between buildings and walls of the town of Xing'an.  The brick building in the center of the photo on the left is the same brick building on the right in the photo on the right.  This part of the canal is used by locals for irrigating gardens and washing clothes and cars. 

 Língqú 灵渠 Magic Transport Canal

37.  West entrance/exit of the Língqú灵渠 Magic Transport Canal at its transition with the Li River tributary.  In this picture, looking south up the tributary, the canal's direction is to the left, just beyond the dark outcrop. 

32-33.  West of Xing’an, the canal continues to flow west in its heavily-vegetated ditch.  In places, the canal is completely choked by water weeds.

29-30.  A small historic wayfarer’s temple (旅人的寺廟)overlooks the Lingqu near the location shown in photo # 28 (left) in west Xing'an.

24-25.  Banks and towpath no longer maintained, the Língqú 灵渠 Magic Transport Canal is just a vegetation-choked ditch in western Xing’an. A low flow is maintained in the canal, which can be viewed from many street bridges.  In one segment, the canal route shares what appears to be a city sewer.

21. The Língqú 灵渠 Magic Transport Canal is well protected and restored only along its eastern-most three kilometers, within the Lingqu Scenic Spot and along historic Water Street in the town of Xing’an. Beyond Water Street, to the west, the sidewalls, width, and adjacent sidewalks of the Lingqu continue for several blocks.  But the condition of the canal is deplorable at many places along its remaining route to the west, especially the un-restored approximately three kilometers on the west side of Xing’an. The Lingqu makes many twists and turns as it maintains its elevation along the contours of the landscape, eventually joining a canalized tributary of the Li River after another approximately five kilometers. From that point, some twenty kilometers distant, through canalized river channels, it reaches the Li River proper, at the western end of the canal.  The total length of the Língqú 灵渠 Magic Transport Canal is a few more than thirty kilometers.