Upcoming conference


The WCC will be hosted on September 26-28, 2019 by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government, and the World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organisation (WHCCCCO).

The conference is also supported by the Municipal People’s Government of Yangzhou and by the China Asian Economic Development Association. The theme of the conference is Protection, Inheritance and Utilisation of Canal Culture.

By agreement with the hosts, IWI is registering international delegates for the conference, up to September 10. Registration is free of charge. Please select one of the two options here.

Full technical programme September 26-28


‘Partners programme’ for accompanying persons
September 26-28

Details are published on the conference website, and are being finalised by the working group formed by the host bodies.

Abstracts are invited from speakers. Please post here.

Hotel accommodation is guaranteed in the ShangriLa Hotel in Yangzhou. To be paid for by credit card at the hotel.

Pre-conference tours are booked through the conference website, and paid for by credit card in China, at registration on Wednesday September 25th.

China Grand Canal World Canals Conference 2019
The unofficial map, above, illustrated a tour organised around the 2012 World Canals Conference. It shows the location of Yangzhou, one of the 35 cities* that lie along the 1800km-long Grand Canal between Hangzhou and Beijing, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 2014). Yangzhou is strategically located near the junction with the Yangtze River.
* cities of Prefectural level or larger