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The Leshan Giant Buddha (Lèshān Dàfó, 乐山大佛) is situated at the confluence of the Min (Mín Jiāng, 岷江) and Dadu Rivers (Dàdù Hé, 大渡河) and was...

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The Chinese mania for taming rivers goes way back, preceding today's controversial Three Gorges and proposed Tiger Leaping Gorge projects by well over two thousand years. Sichuan's Dujiangyan Irrigation Project (Dūjiāngyàn Shuǐlì Gōngchéng, 都江堰水利工程), for example, dates back to the third century BC, when provincial governor and engineer Li Bing devised a scheme to both control the flood-prone Min River (Mín Jiāng, 岷江) and to use its waters to irrigate the surrounding farmland. The project has continued and..

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