Life in The Middle Kingdom And Beyond

By: Thomas Foo

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Wednesday, 5-Jul-2006 11:56 Email | Share | | Bookmark
(19) San Yew Cave

San Yew Cave
This site claimed to be the starting point of three gorges
Awesome view of Yangtze River
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After the dam, we went to Sam Yew Cave nearby - last leg of the tour. Had lunch afterwards and proceed to the Yi Chang airport for the 3 pm flight back to Shanghai thus end the 8D7N tour.

Tuesday, 4-Jul-2006 11:09 Email | Share | | Bookmark
(18) World Largest Dam

the ship lock seen from land
viewing tower
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World largest dam - Three Gorges Dam

Next morning was the end of the cruise for us at Yichang. Some other passengers continued to Wuhan. We checked out from ship for a land tour of the dam. Unfortunately the weather was bad. Unable to get a good shot at the dam. Anyway here is the world's largest dam and a marvelleous engineering project, took more than 10 years to construct and millions of peasants relocated from the rising water. The flood control capacity and cheap electricity produced will no doubt spearhead China into the new millennium.

Tuesday, 4-Jul-2006 03:39 Email | Share | | Bookmark
(17) Ship Lock of The Three Gorges Dam

sitting across the river is the dam
entering the ship lock
anchor posts
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After three days of sailing we arrived late afternoon at the world famous Three Gorges Dam. The ship then went through a series of process called "ship lock" to cross the dam to the lower level. Ship lock is a water staircase that bring ships up or down the dam. The ships are locked in a "box", water are pumped in or out, to bring the ship up or down the dam, to put it very simply.

The Three Gorges Dam ship lock is biggest in the world. Takes almost 4 hours to cross the dam in 4 stages (locks). Water level difference 80 m.

Monday, 3-Jul-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
(16) Boat Tracker of Shen Nong Stream

Shen Nong Stream
change to feeder boat
then sampan
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Shortly after Wu Gorge is the Shen Nong Stream where we changed to a smaller feeder boat and then sampan to go upstream for an excursion trip. Going upstream was treacherous. At one point the boatmen got to get down and pulled the boat for almost 1 km. I felt a little guilty to stay in the boat while they struggled to pull us upstream.

Boat trackers with towropes on their shoulder pulling the boat upstream.

Sunday, 2-Jul-2006 12:33 Email | Share | | Bookmark
(15) Wu Gorge

entering Wu Gorge
175 M marked the highest level when dam fully commissioned 2008
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Wu Gorge is plain sailing today after the water level was raised 80 M with the construction of Three Gorges Dam.

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