Beijing diverts river for Olympic venue

The Beijing municipal government has spent around 430 million yuan (US$57.3 million) diverting a river to replenish its Olympics rowing and canoeing venue which has run dry, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Water will be diverted 13 kilometres from the Wenyu river to the Chaobei river, which had run dry for nine consecutive years, Xinhua cited deputy director of the Shunyi district reform and development commission Qin Yongjun as saying.

The Olympic rowing and canoeing centre in Shunyi was built especially for next August’s Games and features a 3-kilometre rowing lake which holds 1.7 million cubic metres of water.

The diversion project will improve the environment and scenery around the venue during the Olympics, official reports said.

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