Three Gorges Dam
Stare in awe at the manmade behemoth called the Three Gorges Dam that spans the mighty Yangtze River. The dam is 185 meters (607 ft) tall, about 2,300 meters (7,546 ft) long, and about 115 meters (377 ft) wide, with a reservoir that has a water capacity of 39.3 billion cubic meters. Considered a great feat of engineering by the Chinese government, it is one of the greatest sources of hydroelectric power in the world. But progress has come at a cost. Creation of the dam flooded vast stretches of land – including important cultural and archaeological sites – and displaced over 1.3 million people. Despite the controversy surrounding the dam, the Three Gorges Dam Scenic Area has become a popular tourist draw. Particular highlights include a visit to the Tanzi Ridge - a surveying point at 262.5 meters (861 ft) - and the Yangtze River Cruise, both of which will provide unparalleled views of this tremendous dam.
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- Location: Sandouping, China