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Three Gorges Dam Facts

Where is the Three Gorges Dam

As the largest hydropower-complex projects in the world, the Three Gorges Dam is located in Sandouping of Xiling Gorge, the middle of the three gorges in Yichang city.

The foremost reason to choose this location for this project is to control the water level to avoid flood, which has been proved successfully.

How long is the Three Gorges Dam

The biggest Three Gorges Dam is about 2,309 meters long and 185 meters high. It can impound water for 175 meters high. With the shape of trapezoid, the top of the dam is 15 meters wide and the bottom is 124 meters wide.

Three Gorges Dam Map

The Three Gorges Dam Map

Schedule of Three Gorges Dam Project

Having experienced a total duration of 17 years, Three Gorges Dam project was finished by composing of three parts-the dam itself, the hydropower stations and the navigation facility. With 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide at the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom, this massive project included three stages to be constructed.

  1. First Stage (1993-1997): the preparation of cofferdam construction; the excavation of a diversion channel; temporary left ship lock completion.
  2. Second Stage (1998-2003): complete cofferdam construction and navigation buildings; permanent left ship lock with machinery installed.
  3. Third Stage (2003-2009): installation of all machinery, the construction of the power station and the dam on the right bank are finished.

  • The Thild Schedule of Three Gorges Dam Project

  • Three Gorges Dam Overlook after the completion

Three Gorges Dam Pros & Cons

Accompany the construction of the project, three gorges dam controversy rose up enormously, mainly concerning about the flood control, relocation of people, surrounding environment, water pollution, tourists’ sites and etc. The advantages and disadvantages of this great project became a hot topic among scientists at that time.

Click to read more about Advantages & Disadvantages of Three Gorges Dam.

Three Gorges Dam Travel

Opened in 1997, the tourist area of the dam has fully presented to tourists the impressive water conservancy project by visiting the scenic spots of Tanzi Mountain, 185 Platform, Dam Viewing Point and Memorial Garden. Tourists can have chance to view the roaring flood discharge and know the culture and history of the dam project.

How to get to the dam: Taking Yangtze River Cruise between Chongqing to Yichang or Shanghai is the best way to visit the dam and have the closest look at how the cruise passing through the ship locks.

If you do not want to take an entire China Yangtze River cruise, you just need to take buses from Yichang to have a look at the famous Three Gorges dam site.

  • Look up to the Dam in the scenic area

  • Dam Flood Discharge View


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