Three Gorges Dam




Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges DamThe best way to see the Three Gorges Dam is by riverboat. There are tours departing from both Wuhan and Chongqing going up and downstream. You can also take luxury cruises leaving from Shanghai. The dam is a part of any Three Gorges tour. It is the largest hydropower station and dam in the world. A mile and a half long, it’s designed to take ocean-going ships 1,500 miles inland to Chongqing. It was also originally slated to provide 10% of China’s electricity. China has grown and, as our guide told us, it may only provide 3% or 4% of China’s current power demand. Due to the rising of the Changjiang river many towns and villages were forced to move to higher ground. This summer we were still able to see the ruins of abandoned cities, but the guide said they would be under water by September.