The Grand Canal, 1,764 km in length, is the longest man-made waterway in China. Running from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, in the south to Beijing and connecting different river systems, the Grand Canal contributed greatly to the economy for centuries. Now more than 2,000 years old, some parts of the canal are still in use. Boating on the canal is one of the best ways to appreciate typical river towns in southern China. These towns feature ancient dwellings, stone bridges and historical relics. You can take a ferry at Wulinmen bus dock in Xiacheng District.