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Notes on the Geography of China: Dujiangyan: Photo 10

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At the head of the diversion, the Fu Lung Kuan temple has a statue of Li Bing, whose famous instructions were "Year by year dredge at the bottom til the iron bars clearly appear.  Respect the ancient system and do not lightly modify it."  The iron bars of which he spoke still existed in the mid-20th century, when W.C. Lowdermilk of the U.S. Soil Conservation Service came through on an inspection tour in 1943 and, in an article that year in American Forests, says he saw them.

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