Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam

China doesn’t do things by halves and the Three Gorges Dam proves just that. A massive feat of engineering the dam, at over two kilometres in length, is the world’s largest hydroelectric power station in terms of capacity and energy generation. Controversial as it may be it is difficult to not be impressed by the sheer scale of it, best viewed from the purpose-built platform whilst the visitor’s centre also provides some interesting information about the project. Visiting the dam whilst on a Yangtze cruise means that your ship will have to journey through the massive ship locks that takes river traffic around the dam. There are five in total, each 280 metres long and 35 metres wide.  

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Five Facts About The Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam cost $37 billion to build but it should only take 10 years of operation to cover that cost.

1.3 million people had to be relocated due to the dam’s huge reservoir.

The dam was conceived of decades ago – Mao Zedong was so pro the idea he wrote a poem about it called ‘Swimming’!

There is 510,000 tons of steel in the Three Gorges Dam, enough to build the Eiffel Tower sixty times over.

The dam has allowed ocean going freight ships to sail up the Yangtze to the heart of China.


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