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Asia » China » Hubei » Three Gorges Dam November 17th 2014

8 Days with Shu Fey -The Three Gorges Dam Our last day on the Yangtze started off with a trip to the Three Georges Dam. Winding our way by bus over the river and up the mountainside we finally reach the security building where we go through metal detectors and emerge on the other side of the building. Our tour bus has gone through security too and meets us on the back of the building. Next stop, up the winding road to the visitor’s center. Lots of tour buses. Inside the visitors center our local guide takes us to a huge replica of the Yangtze River, the Three Gorges Dam and the 5 locks. She tells us the history. What an incredible feat of engineering. It took 10 years to build the dam and locks and ... read more
Cope  and the Three Gorges Dam
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Cope and Jean

Asia » China » Hubei » Three Gorges Dam April 20th 2014

Easter Sunday began for us on the Yangtze River with the first glimpse of the sun we’d had all week. We went up to the fifth deck Lounge to see if we could connect to the ship’s Wi-Fi because the connection in our room this morning was spotty. We also decided not to do the Tai Chi class this morning. Sharon was able to upload yesterday’s blog as well as some pictures. We went to breakfast and ended up joining a table that filled up with travelers from Canada. At 9 am we went to a lecture by Bob on the Three Gorges Dam which we will be visiting this afternoon. This dam is the world’s largest generator of electricity by a renewable source. The need for this dam has been recognized for about a century, ... read more
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Asia » China » Hubei » Three Gorges Dam October 1st 2013

You’re not allowed to walk along the top of the dam, unless you want to run the risk of being shot. That’s a shame, because Ky and I didn’t have a run yesterday so a long 2.3km walk would have been good. Instead we only have a short 10 minute walk from the viewing area down to meet the bus to take us back. It was a 6:45 breakfast and assemble in groups at 7:30am to get on buses. By a strange coincidence, the guide here is named ‘Michael’. The buses take us around over a bridge and past the five boat locks to a small entrance area with a building housing a 3D model of the dam. I’m impressed with the realism of the model: they’ve added dry ice as part of the little water ... read more
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Asia » China » Hubei » Three Gorges Dam April 8th 2013

After a final message for us over the tannoy system in the morning from Dennis 'Peace out man!' we left the Oriental Emperor and bid farewell to the crew who had looked after us so well for our amazing Yangtze River Cruise. A tour of the Three Gorges Dam now beckoned and we boarded coaches to take us towards the early morning awakenings of Sandouping where the dam is sited. In terms of capacity our guide is proud to tell us that The Three Gorges Dam is the world's largest although she admits the Aswan dam is five times higher size wise. The site was chosen due to the granite rock and the width of the river bed at this point. Then followed many statistics that just became, blah blah blah to me. I much prefer ... read more
Viewing area up outdoor escalators
Model of the Three Gorges Dam project
With the lovely Pearl

Asia » China » Hubei » Three Gorges Dam August 30th 2011

Our last morning on the boat and it was actually a little bit of a lay in for once, with us not having to be up and to breakfast until 7am. The boat had cleared all of the locks over night and when we looked out of the windows we were actually someway down stream and we could no longer see the dam from the boat. After a quick breakfast we were off the boat by 7.30am and we were driven to see the dam from land. Unfortunately, considering how wonderful the weather has been on the Yangtze, today it was back to the typical Chinese smog and haze, and we could only see part of the dam from the two vantage points we were taken too. Nevertheless the dam was pretty impressive and it ... read more

Asia » China » Hubei » Three Gorges Dam November 9th 2010

What a wonderful day today. We woke early again and were breakfasting at 7am to be ready to leave the boat by 8 am. Very cold today and the thermals came out for the first time - I had a scarf and ski jacket on and was very comfortable!! This time we transferred to a medium sized ferry which took us up the Shennong Stream, a tributory of the Yangtze River where the people of the Shen Nong Xi operate a Pea Pod Boat Little Gorges trip. There were 14 of us in each small pea pod boat which was propelled by 6 trackers, all from the same family group. We went further upstream and saw the Hanging coffin, amazing natural caves, very high and mist shrouded peaks and were given a history of the area ... read more
Hanging Coffin
Pea Pod Boat on the Shennong Stream
The Goddess Peak

Asia » China » Hubei » Three Gorges Dam November 8th 2010

Early start today despite the early morning arrival - but this was another highlight of the trip for me. We breakfasted at 7am then off the boat by 8am to drive to visit the 3 Gorges Dam itself. The statistics of the Dam are mind boggling and I won't repeat too many of them but the trip to get there was an experience - we docked against 5 other cruise boats and had to wend out way through the lower level of at least 3 other boats to get to the shore - got to see the crew quarters - 6 berths to a small cabin with no bathroom! Then it was through market stalls to the bus which took us across the large span bridge that links Yichang to the dam administration site. Then through ... read more
Going Through the Locks
Xiling Gorge

Asia » China » Hubei » Three Gorges Dam September 26th 2010

Terracotta Warriors After exploring Beijing, we took an overnight train to Xian (shee-an). We had a soft sleeper which means each room has four bunks and each bunk has a pillow and a blanket. The trains are not as smooth as European trains and several times during the night there were significant jolts that left us wondering if we were still on the tracks When we arrived in Xian, our new guide, Dragon, was waiting for us with a sign that said “John Arthur Ingham, 4 pax.” Does that mean John is enough work for four? Our only reason to visit Xian was to see the Terracotta Warriors. They were made for Emperor Qin, the man who united China (by conquering everyone) and was the first Emperor of the Qin Dynasty. Unfortunately for him, the Qin ... read more
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Wu Gorge

Asia » China » Hubei » Three Gorges Dam August 5th 2010

Where to start this time? We've been so busy over the past few days! We left our hotel in Yichang at 7 in the morning and took a tourist bus to visit the Three Gorges Dam. This mighty re-enforced concrete barrier curtails the world's third largest river, the Yangtze forming a massive reservoir causing a hundred metre difference in the water levels on each side of it. A massive lock system is in place to allow ships to pass through and the dam's purpose as a hydroelectric power station makes it the world's largest electricity generation system. On the bus we shared with a Chinese tourgroup we we're treated to an hours worth of some daft bint hollering down a microphone in Chinese so loudly that we all wanted to kill her pretty quikly and according ... read more
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Asia » China » Hubei » Three Gorges Dam May 28th 2010

Well, going with the theme of one blog entry per country here's the China contribution. Missed a Mongolian section so will add that one next and to hell with chronological order! Trip to the Three Gorges Dam. * These photos are all unedited as the internet doesn't want to co-operate at the moment!... read more
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