a Yangtze River cruise – day three – three gorges dam project

The Three Gorges Dam Project is the world’s largest hydroelectric project.  It no doubt is a source of national pride for the mainland Chinese.  (Electromagnetic induction was first discovered by Michael Faraday, and from that we eventually got electric power generation.)

As the Yangtze is a navigable river, the cargo ships and cruise ships will transit the locks and thereby go around the dam which is impassable to vessels.  See the many electric transmission lines coming from the nearby dam power generation complex.


river locks


Many of these photos show the same cloudy or hazy appearance of the sky that we saw in day two’s photos.  This recalls to my mind the time we visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona in the very early spring of 1993.  There were low cloudy, misty skies then and that made the views we saw and the pictures we took of a rather disappointing quality.  One thing to note, readers/viewers, is that after this multi-part river essay we will present other picture essays from this trip to China where the skies were more clear and a brighter blue in color.

Another view of the locks.


river locks 2


Day three’s itinerary.


itinerary day 3


The model room or visitor center at the Three Gorges Dam Project.


Three Gorges model room


These next 3 pics are of the model of the dam system.

In the distant future, after man is no longer on the scene, these manmade lakes or reservoirs will silt up and the large concrete dams will then become waterfalls.


Three Gorges model


Another view of the model.  It appears that the model’s background shows cloudy skies and reflects the reality of the local weather conditions.


Three Gorges model 2


A final look.


Three Gorges model 3


The escalator up to the grounds near the dam.


esacalator to the dam


Electric transmission lines and a warning for escalator safety.




The grounds near to the viewing area of the dam.  Tourists are visible in the distance at the summit of the concrete structure.  From there, one can see the water exiting the dam.


grounds of dam


Another view.


grounds of dam 2


A large dual language book.


lucy at dam site


Close to the concrete promontory.


grounds of dam 3


In a nearby area, Lucy sits among large river rocks.


lucy among the rocks


A reminder to watch your step.




It is not clear what this odd-shaped object is.  An interesting artifact.


grounds of dam 4


Our photographer, regrettably, did not take photos of the dam itself.  The press of the other tourists may have deterred her.  As well, having seen other engineering marvels such as Hoover Dam, the Great Wall (on an earlier trip to China), and having transited the Panama Canal on a cruise ship, she did not think this dam project so singular.  The canyon dams in the southwest US (Hoover, Glen Canyon) have a large and high concrete edifice at the bottom of which the water exits the dam.  The Three Gorges Dam, from the model above is wide in design, and appears to be not as tall as some other well known dams. Many colorful images of this dam in China can be easily found via Internet search engines. (I remember that at Hoover Dam there is a viewing area deep down inside the dam complex (reached by elevator) where visitors can see and photograph the several large electric turbines in their metal housings.)

Among tourists on top of the concrete promontory.


grounds of dam 5


The return staircase or escalator.


close to the dam


A trash can.


waste basket


Upon leaving the dam project area, we see this view of part of the waterway system.


view from dam


Day three’s activities were not over.  We will post a thematic essay next and then return to continue this river picture essay.

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