Three Gorges Dam - China

The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangstze River, the largest water conservancy project ever under taken is now being built at Sandouping in the middle of Xiling Gorge, the longest one among the famous Three Gorges. The Three Gorges Dam will be 2,335m long, 185m high, 18m wide on top and 130m wide at the bottom. The Dam will raise the river to a level of 175m above sea level, creating a 370 mile (600km) long reservoir with a storage capacity of 39.9 billion cubic meters extending from the dam-site all the way to Chongqing. 570,000 acres of farmland and 1000 towns and villages in 19 counties and cities will be flooded, causing 1.3 million people to be relocated. The construction of the project will cost 230 billion Chinese Yuan, an equivalent of 28 billion US dollars. The purposes for building this huge dam are flood control, electricity, navigation and irrigation. The construction of the dam formally began under way in 1994.The first stage of the Three Gorges Dam project is scheduled for completion in 2003. Although the scenery will change along the Yangtze with the construction of Three Gorges Dam, new sites and scenery will be created. For example, a submarine museum will be built to preserve the inscriptions on the White Crane Ridge, and many historical sites will be moved to higher ground. After the dam is completed in 2009, ships will continue cruising the Yangtze River; passengers will then be passing through the largest national park in the world, which will be established upon completion of the dam. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.