Somehow I think this makes it official - seeing a boat gliding peacefully through the water.
We are now living beside a river, not a longkang (big drain). Now this used to be a drain to catch all the rain water, it was shallow and frequently stank. See how much things can be changed if only we put in enough political will. Over the wasteland they planted forests, the drain was deepened and widened. Birds started flying over the area as if they were in a nature reserve. In fact, I think they made it a reserve :)
Then there are occasional boats. Woah! We are lucky to witness the transformation from longkang to river!