The World Canals Conference returns to China in 2019!
The WCC will be hosted in September 2019 (dates to be announced) by the World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization and the City of Yangzhou, which hosted the event in 2012.
The above banner, showing some of the iconic features of Yangzhou and its waterways, served as the backdrop for the 2017 World Canal Cities Forum, on September 8-9, 2017. This annual meeting of canal cities will be combined with the World Canals Conference in 2019.
The unofficial map, left, 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