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Grand Canal

The first lock on the Grand Canal, which connects Beijing and Hangzhou. It is also the world’s longest waterway and one of the oldest artificial rivers. The Chinese characters read “Operate properly, abide by instructions.”

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.