The activity asks student to complete two tasks:
1. Students map out China's Grand Canal then answer questions concerning the impacts of the Grand Canal on trade relations in the Sui Dynasty
2. Students read an article published by National Geographic which discusses the Grand Canal in the modern context. Students will then answer comprehension questions with a final summary paragraph at the end of the worksheet.
This assignment would be a nice supplemental activity to any unit regarding China's Golden Age. It is a nice segue between the Sui and Tang Dynasties.