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Oct 19, 2017 - Three Gorges Dam

We visited the Three Gorges Dam the morning of October 19. Building the dam resulted in the relocation of many thousands of people, the obliteration of important cultural sites, and long-term environmental damage. Hundreds of miles downstream the rapidly growing municipality of Chongqing has been pumping untreated waste and chemicals into the Yangtze. The river isn't able to flush this out so the concern is that it could all collect in a 400-mile long cesspool. Not a pleasant thought. Every time our guide said "ship locks" I thought she was...

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May 7, 2017 - The Three Gorges Dam Project or - "Where's Bruce?"

Warm Prompt: You can tap/click on the pictures to increase their size (in case you didn't know). On the bus from Ychang Airport to Maoping Port last night we were given our instructions regarding embarking our Yangtze River cruise ship, the President No. 7. Before leaving Canada we'd been given the option to purchase a 'VIP Package' for $100 each that would include "free coffee, tea and snacks at happy hours in the afternoon, enjoy all meals at VIP restaurant, free drinks before dinner, unlimited wine, beer with lunch and dinner, express...

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Oct 23, 2015 - The Three Gorges Dam

In the morning we were at the lower river level & moored up ready for our trip up to the top of the dam to the visitors centre. Back on a coach again but a shorter ride. Thousands of people up at the visitors centre & quite a lot of military security to go through to get there. Unfortunately the pervading mist that hangs around took the edge off some of the views but a truly amazing construction. It was a pity that we weren't allowed to walk across the top of the dam but we did get close. Even managed to locate a geocache right at the top...

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Apr 12, 2011 - Three Gorges Dam

Well yesterday we explored the Three Gorges. Today we are going to hop on a coach and see the Three Gorges Dam itself. But before we get into that, let’s pick up on where we left off yesterday with a little more on locks. This time though we’ll get you current and talk about getting through the five locks on the Yangtze around the Three Gorges. We don’t mean the navigational skill to get through them, but rather the “human process.” To do business in China, a foreign company, like Viking, must have a Chinese partner. This is a requirement,...

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Apr 11, 2011 - Three Gorges

Today is a rare day in that there is virtually no walking for us. We will spend the day on board ship (or rather ships as you will see) cruising through the Three Gorges section of the Yangtze. About the only exercise we’ll get today will be walking up to the sun deck to experience the view. Gad, this may mean I will have to break down and do what I have been avoiding – hit the gym that is onboard ship. Hopefully they have had the foresight to put a cup holder on the treadmill that is just the right size for a martini glass. You hydrate...

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Oct 21, 2007 - Cruise - Three Gorges Dam/Cruise the Yangtze/Xiling Gorge

Oct 21 Today we had to be ready by 8 a.m. We were scheduled to go through the first ship lock. It was the Gezhou Dam. It took one hour from the time we started moving towards the lock to the time it opened for us to go through. We started with 42 meters above sea level and it took 7 minutes for the water level to rise to 62 meters and then the lock opened. After the passage, we entered the Xiling Gorge which continues for 1.30 hs. The Yangtze River Dam project will displace 1.4 million people, towns will totally disappear since the water...

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Sep 30, 2005 - Yangtze River Boat Cruise

We took a tour of the Three Gorges Dam which was gigantic. Once it is complete (2009) it will be the biggest dam in the world producing one heck of a lot of electricity (technically speaking). The Dam is of course on the mighty Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world. We then entered our luxury Yangtze passenger boat for a three day jaunt up the river. Our accomodations on the boat were top notch. For example, the boat almost floated level in still standing water! Our room was fairly big compared to the rest of the rooms, but,...

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