"Take care by the water!" Dujiangyan Warnings Or Dangers Tip by mke1963

Dujiangyan Warnings and Dangers: 1 reviews and 1 photos

 
 

Every single year, a number of visitors to Dujiangyan do not return home.

The water flowing into the bottleneck and then through the main three channels past the town are very deep (upto 5 metres deep) and incredibly fast flowing. The sides are almost vertical. If you fall into the water here, you will die. Take great care when walking on the paths alongside the canal. Although most of it is well fenced or walled, the wall is quite low and there are gaps where a child can slip through.

Do not under any circumstances walk down onto the 'Flying Sands Spillway' or the newer spillway by the bottleneck. Although some photographs in the museum show people wandering around here, it is an extremely dangerous place to be. The Dujiangyan "system"is 'automatic': the waters rise and fall extremely quickly and the dry spillways can become two metres deep in fast-flowing torrents 200 metres wide in a matter of seconds. None of this can be quickly controlled by the sluices and, in any case, the system is esigned to protect a million hectares of Chengdu Plain land. The authorities are not going to risk the lives of 500,000 people to save you.

The same cuation is needed for the main riverbed. Although the main river is now normally almost dry for most of the year, if the sluice gates are opened it will send up to 800 metres of water per second down the channel without warning.

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  • Written Oct 13, 2006
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