A major landmark in the development of water management and technology in ancient China and one of the birthplaces of the Taoist religion.
Located in Sichuan Province, southwest China, this site consists of Mt. Qingcheng, the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, the Dragon Stream (Longxi) and the Iris Port (Hongkou). It was put under state-class protection in 1982.
The Dujiangyan Irrigation System was first built in 256 BC (during the Warring States Period) by magistrate Li Bing. It comprises three major projects?a water-dividing dam, flood-convergence route and water-divergence port. One of the earliest irrigation systems of China and still in use today, it serves to divert waters from the Minjiang River to the West Sichuan Plain. There are many cultural relics in the neighborhood, including the Temple of the Two Kings (Erwangmiao), the Temple of the Hidden Dragon (Fulongguan), the Bridge of Peaceful Waves (Anlanqiao) and the Li Mounds (Lidui).
Mt. Qingcheng was the birthplace of Taoism in China. With over 20 temples and religious sites for Taoism, it exudes a strong flavor of Taoist culture and the buildings demonstrate the Sichuan style of architecture.