Three Gorges Dam
Gorges Dam, the largest water conservancy project ever under taken by human being is now
being built at Sandouping in the middle of Xiling Gorge, the longest one among the famous
Yangtze Three Gorges.
The Three Gorges Dam will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on top and
130 meters wide at the bottom. The Dam will raise the river to a level of 175 meters above
sea level, creating a 600-kilometer long reservoir with a storage capacity of 39.9 billion
cubic meters extending from the dam-site all the way to Chongqing. 570,000 acres of
farmland and towns and villages in 19 counties and cities will be flooded, causing 1.3
million people to be relocated.
The construction of the project will cost 230 billion Chinese Yuan, an equivalent of 28
billion US dollars. The purposes for building this huge dam are flood control,
electricity, navigation and irrigation.
construction of the dam formally began under way in 1994.The first stage of the Three
Gorges Dam project is scheduled for completion in 2003. Although the scenery will change
along the Yangtze with the construction of Three Gorges Dam, new sites and scenery will be
created. For example, a submarine museum will be built to preserve the inscriptions on the
White Crane Ridge, and many historical sites will be moved to higher ground. After the dam
is completed in 2009, ships will continue cruising the Yangtze River; passengers will then
be passing through the largest national park in the world, which will be established upon
completion of the dam.
Note: During construction, there will be occasional travel schedule changes. You should
check with travel agents for the latest information.