|Wanchou, departure city for hydrofoil|
|Cliffs along Three Gorges|
|Typical landscape along Yangtze River|
|Three Gorges Dam at dusk.|
The three gorges is a particularly beautiful section of the Yangtze river, although it seemed to take only a few minutes to go through the most dramatic sections. At the end of the trip, we pulled up next to several other freight boats and had to cross them to get to shore for the final leg of our journey to Yichang (60 km away). Fortunately for me, there was a guide who was willing to take me around to see the dam before going back to Yichang. We saw the transmission lines, the monument, and, of course, the dam itself. The dam is over 2 km long, the largest in the world. Still not at capacity (or even close), it is still possible to see the large machinery that eventually will be used to let water out.
|Monument on mountain near dam.|
My guide, a 25 year old, was conversant in English, and was clearly very proud of the dam. His own family had been moved, and he admitted (but not at first) that many were unhappy to move. But his genuine pride for the dam and related projects was evident. Apparently, over 2000 (mostly Chinese) people visit the dam daily.
Unfortunately, it was already dusk by the time I arrived, so many photos didn’t turn out so well.