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Lecture: The Grand Canal of China

January 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Date and time: Saturday, January 21, 2:00-4:00pm
Speaker: Mr. Qifeng Cheng
Event fee: FREE, but advance registration is required
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Grand Canal is the longest canal in the world and a famous tourist destination. Starting in Beijing, it passes through Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the city of Hangzhou, linking the Yellow River and Yangtze River. The oldest parts of the canal date back to the 5th century BC, although the various sections were finally combined during the Sui dynasty (581–618 AD). The canal has been admired by many throughout history including Japanese monk Ennin (794–864), Persian historian Rashid al-Din (1247–1318), Korean official Choe Bu (1454–1504), and Italian missionary Matteo Ricci (1552–1610).

At this lecture, Mr. Qifeng Cheng, a researcher of the Grand Canal, will relate the history of the canal and its effect on Chinese society and culture. He will also share with the audience new findings through his and other scholars’ research.

Mr. Qifeng Cheng currently works for The National Association of Broadcasters. He also serves as the managing director of Today, a Chinese literary journal.

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中國大運河

星期六, 1月21日, 2017,下午2:00PM-4:00PM
講座人:程奇逢先生,匹茲堡大學碩士。
講座免費, 因座位有限,請預先訂位。
地点: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

在中國人的集體記憶中,長城和大運河是炎黃子孫引以為豪的兩個最偉大的古代工程,在世界歷史上它們也佔有輝煌燦爛的一個篇章。

中國大運河(也稱京杭大運河),是世界上最長的一條人工開鑿的河道,它北起北京,南達杭州,全長1,794 公里。由於中國地形西高東低,幾條主要的河流都是西東走向,流入大海,修鑿一條南北走向的河道,連接起這幾個主要的自然水系。意義非同尋常。中國大運河溝通了海河、黃河、淮河。長江、錢塘江五大水系,連接了中華帝國的政治中心和經濟中心,促進了運河沿岸的經濟、文化繁榮。

公元七世紀,隋煬帝下令修建了洛陽到涿郡(今北京通州)的永濟渠和從洛陽到淮河末口的通濟渠,又重開邗溝,疏通江南河,形成一條以都城洛陽為中心,北起涿郡南達餘杭(今杭州)的大運河。北宋定都開封,隨著政治中心東移,運河中間的曲線弧度也隨之縮小。元朝建都北京,形成北京直達杭州縱貫南北的大運河。有了大運河之後,中國的國都再也沒有離開過大運河,從隋朝的洛陽,北宋的開封,南宋的杭州直到元、明、清的北京。

講座人:程奇逢先生,匹茲堡大學碩士。現任職於美國廣播電視協會(NAB),文學刊物《今天》雜誌經理。是“北美中文作家協會”會員。他致力於中國大運河的研究多年,實地考察多處大運河遺址。

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Details

Date:
January 21, 2017
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue

Downtown Office
40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Phone:
212.744.8181
Website:
http://www.chinainstitute.org

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