Geological evolution[ edit ] Due to the lithological conditions of its different regions, the valleys of the Three Gorges are narrow in some areas and broad in others. Most narrow valleys occur in regions where there is limestonewhich is relatively hard and resists erosion. However, water can flow along deep vertical fractures, eroding underneath.
It drains one-fifth of the land area of the People's Republic of China PRC and its banks are home to nearly one-third of the country's population. Like Mississippi River in the United States, which influences the very much early period of Americans, the Yangtze provided a hospitable environment for the emergence of the earlier and dominant civilizations in China's history.
The river is in the hearts of the Chinese people who live there and with diverse geographic features and gorgeous sceneries, the river trip could be an ideal choice for one to experience both the spectacular natural attractions, the awesome dam and more impressing, the people there.
The Three Gorges Dam, built inthe largest hydroelectric project in the world, has drawn large flow of domestic and overseas travelers to come visit. Popular Routes Currently, there are two major popular routes to travel along Yangtze River and to find the humanity's relationship with environment of the country as well as appreciate the magnificent natural sceneries.
Chongqing-Yichang with duration of 3 nights and 4 days. Yichang-Chongqing with duration of 4 nights and 5 days. The biggest difference between the two routes is downstream takes less time.
For the same cruise company, their ships might have minor differences of shore excursions.
Shore Excursions Amazing shore excursions along the journey take travelers to further discover the historic buildings and hidden beauties along the river. Shore excursions consist of two types: Both excursions offer a great chance to take in more grandeur along the trip.
Listed below are the famous sites of shore excursions: Located on a hill to the north bank of Yangtze River, it is named after the Chinese legend of Goddess Nu Wa patching up the sky when one colorful stone was missed. People named it treasured stone and a temple was first built on top of the hill.
The storey construction was later constructed for easy access for pilgrims to get to the temple to pray as only an iron chain was there to help people get on to the mountain top. Nowadays, Shibaozhai is famous for its grand architecture as well as the majestic view of the river captured while standing on top.
Stretching over 60km with 17 sub streams flew in and 8 over meters high waterfalls along the way, Shennong Stream features in its epic view and stunning beauty. Taking a smaller boat drifting further along the stream to take in more hidden gems is exciting and delightful.
Known as the world's largest hydropower project, it took 12 years to finish. Now, it plays an important role in flood control, drought resisting, shipping as well as power generating.
The stunning Three Gorges Dam is also a highlight of the Yangtze Cruise tour during which tourists will be oriented by river guide to learn about the grandeur of the project, the impact caused by the project after its construction.
Also named Goddess Stream, Shennv Stream is about 15km long with picturesque peaks, perpendicular cliffs and limpid water. Five of the famous twelve peaks of Wushan Mountain are along Shennv Stream, endowing the stream with surpassing beauty. Disembarked from the cruise, a smaller boat will take travelers deep into the valley to explore and appreciate the natural beauty along the sides of the Stream.
Lesser Three Gorges are composed of Longmen Gorge, the most magnificent one, Bawu Gorge, featuring in its grotesque hills and iron coffins from 2, years ago hanging on the cliffs, and Dicui Gorge, the longest and most beautiful part.
Travelers will also enjoy nice encounters with wild animals like monkeys, mandarin ducks together with historic exploration. The best spot to overlook Kuimen Gate which is the entrance to Qutang Gorge. White Emperor City has also been entitled City of Poems as it appears repeatedly in so many famous poems written by famed poets visited here in Chinese history.
Walk through different halls with the river guide, you will learn a lot about history during Three Kingdom period around 1, years ago and appreciate the stone tablets with ancient calligraphy. Tribe of Three Gorges: At the Tribe, travelers will be amazed by the stunning natural beauty, and as walking further inside, stilt-houses of local Tu minority will come into your eyes, with various daily necessities hanging outside like straw rain cape, pepper, garlic, corn and bamboo hat.
Follow the local Tu minority guide in the typical costumes, learn about the local life and appreciate the famous local Crying Marriage Ceremony. A peaceful small cascade is at the exit of the Tribe for a beautiful farewell. Fengdu Ghost City is the best place to show the Chinese people's strong next life belief.The Three gorges dam was built across the Yangtze River to control the amount of water allowed through.
This created a massive artificial lake which has become an international tourist attraction. The construction of a dam on the Yangtze River had been considered since , but the Civil war and Cultural Revolution delayed the project until.
This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film Up the Yangtze, which shows how China's Three Gorges Dam project is changing the Yangtze River and the lives of those who live along its path.
Classrooms can use this lesson to explore the social, economic and political changes caused by technological advances. WATER BRIEF 3 Three Gorges Dam Project, Yangtze River, China Peter H.
Gleick Introduction The Three Gorges Dam (TGD) and associated infrastructure is . The Three Gorges (Chinese: 三峡; pinyin: Sānxiá) are three adjacent gorges along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, in the hinterland of the People's Republic of China.
With a subtropical monsoon climate, they are known for their scenery. The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric gravity dam that spans the Yangtze River by the town of Sandouping, in Yiling District, Yichang, Hubei province, China.
The Three Gorges Dam is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22, MW).Location: Sandouping, Yiling District, Hubei. China's Three Gorges Dam: An Environmental Catastrophe? sandwiched between breathtaking cliffs on the Yangtze River in central China, may be triggering landslides, altering entire ecosystems.