Backing up the Yangtze
Trip Start Apr 30, 2006
59Trip End Mar 25, 2007
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While in Tiger Leaping gorge, we thought "they won't dam up such a monumental and gorgeous land mark, right?" Well...... now we get to see first hand how wrong we were.... we floated down the river to see first hand how they flooded 3 of the former world's largest gorges all with one fail swoop. The 3 Gorges Dam was controversial around the world... but not in China. This sign of China's power over nature is built and operating... its done. The people have been bombarded over the last 20 years with 3 main propaganda slogans: More electricity, easier navigation, and flood control
We floated down the Three Gorges portion of the river (between Chongqing and Yichang) as they filled up the reservoir. So, when asked if we think China will flood Tiger Leaping Gorge..... our guess is 'yes.'
Should you do this trip? Well, the 3 gorges is interesting but in our opinion, only if you are able to see this part of the river before the reservoir is completely full. The beauty on a 1-10 scale is about a 3... the Yangtze is lined with factories, the gorges have lost their might (as the water level is 550 feet higher) and the corny tourist sites are comical (to be put lightly). However, to see entire cities being submerged is interesting. Sad, but interesting. So take a look at the pics :)