Yangtze River Travel Guide
Three Gorges Dam
The construction of the Three Gorges Dam, at over 600 ft (180 m) high and more than a mile (2 km) across, was intended to provide a significant amount of China’s energy, curb the Yangzi’s tendency to flood, and channel some of the country’s wealth, for long concentrated along the coastal regions, into China’s heartland. However, creating a 400-mile (645-km) long reservoir has also meant the relocation of many thousands of people, the obliteration of important cultural sites, and long-term environmental damage.
the low-water side
- Sandouping, 22 miles (35 km) W of Yichang
- CITS, 72 Yiling Dajie, 0717 622 0848
- 4 from Yichang train station or hire a minibus or taxi for a couple of hours
- Visitor Center: daily
Jar Hill Observation Platform
This highpoint provides an excellent bird's eye view of the dam as well as a museum showing the history of the construction.
its way through the Three Gorges
5-Level Double Ship Lock
At over a mile long (1600 m) this lock can raise or lower ships a total vertical distance of 370 ft (113 m) and is, not surprisingly, the largest lock system in the world. It takes nearly three hours to pass through the lock gates.
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