Living by the water, live off the wa-ter. This is an old saying in China, indi-cating that people make their living bytake advantages of local resources. AsChina is becoming more open, this bigcountry of rich water resources has seengreat benefits in developing its waterwaytransportation. The world is becomingcloser through the seaway and the coun-try is becoming smaller through theinland rivers. But to what extent the wa-terways influence the economic growth?The following facts and data may sur-prise you. You will come to know whyChina has placed so great importance inupgrading its logistic systems especiallythe waterways.