Three Gorges Dam
The Yangtze River and its surroundings have so much more to see than can be appreciated in one visit. The main attractions include various large and small cities along the riverside, many of which are many hundreds of years old, the Three Gorges, the enormous Three Gorges Dam and of course, the river itself.
The major important cities along the Yangtze are Chongqing, Wuhan, Yangzhou, Nanjing and Shanghai: Chongqing, the former trading center and treaty port is the fastest growing urban center on the planet with more than 31 million people in its municipality. It is furthermore the starting or ending point of most of the Yangtze Cruises. Wuhan, also described as one of the “Chinese Famous Cities of History and Culture” has a history dating back more than 3500 years. It has recently became a bustling modern metropolis. Yangzhou itself is a museum of Chinese culture and a beautiful Chinese gardens.small and quite as it is, you have an easy access to all latest modern convenience here too, while enjoying traditional heritage. The City of Nanjing was the capital of China in the beginning of the Ming-Dynasty and during the time of the "Republic of China". Last, but not least: Shanghai, the old lady at the end of the Yangtze River: A must see for everyone coming to China.
The famous Three Gorges section of the Yangtze river stretches for 192km from Yichang to Kui Men near Fengjie. The three major gorges, after which this section of the river is named are the WuXia Gorge, the Xiling Gorge and the Qutang Gorge. The Three Minor Gorges consist of the Huangniu (Yellow Buffalo) Gorge, Dengying (Slide Show) Gorge and Huangmao (Yellow Cat) Gorge. Also worth a visit is the Shennong Stream.
At the end of the Three Gorges Section lies the giant Three Gorges Dam (Gezhouba Dam). It was commenced the 80's, and its completion is scheduled for 2009. It will back up the Yangtze River for 550km, making it the world's largest dam. Due to the fact that the water will rise to a level of 185m behind the dam, millions of people have had to be resettled, bridges moved and historical relicts secured. The energy production capabilities of the dam are estimated at 84.7 billion kilowatts, equivalent to 18 nuclear reactors. The three single stage locks guarantee that ship traffic is not delayed.
The easiest and most comfortable way to experience the beauties and attractions on the river is in taking a Yangtze River Cruise.