These are photos from The Three Gorges Dam and on to Shanghai
After spending a pretty restless night tossing and turning due to the heat in our room (AC wasn't
quite working well), we were pretty tired and not that excited about getting up for 630am breakfast.
I also skipped the tai chi session due to this also I did enjoy it the previous two days.
We docked and took a bus to the dam site after clearing security (it is State-owned after all).
One of the highlights for me on this trip was getting to see such a massive civil engineering project.
Here, I took a photo of the locks through the bus window.
Here's Natalia at the upstream side of the dam. A few facts for the dorks out there
28 million cubic feet of concrete
$28B USD cost
32 turbines at 100 billion KWh per year - 3% of China
1.3 million resettled
The guide acknowledged that there is a silting problem that is worse than expected,
but that they will sluice and dredge to deal with it.
This is the upcoming ship elevator, which will reduce the transit time for small boats from 3 hours
to 45 mins. It's free to use the locks right now but I suspect they'll charge for the elevator.
Me and the Three Gorges Dam.
Randall and the Three Gorges Dam.
A little bit of greenery in between the two major locks.
Natalia and the functioning locks of the Three Gorges Dam.
Here is a scale model of the whole facility.
A brief introduction to the project in the words of the Communist party. Here's a bit more even-keeled
approach to the project HERE . This is
the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world right now.
Here's another example of our 'celebrity' status. All of the locals want their photos taken with us.
The official party line is that the dam is more about flood control than power generation, but it's
quite clear that the power generation side of this got much more attention in the design.
We got back to the boat, I napped, Nati showered and got her luggage together and we then
watched us go through the last gorge - the Xi Ling gorge.
Hanging out in Yichang
Our guide was waiting in the lobby of the cruise ship when we finished lunch so we went with him (Peter)
and he showed us around Yichang, and by that, I mean he took us to a silk shop where they showed us how
they made silk embroidery (some of the relocated villagers) and we bought a scarf and a wheat sheaf embroidered panel.
Although we didn't buy this cat panel (silk on both sides), it was pretty cool. This is the front side.
This is the back side.
Here are some silk worm cocoons.
Hmm, I was just thinking that I'd like some specially pure dietary fibre. Found at the Yichang airport.
Painted on the walls in the bathroom in Yichang airport. Another fun stop enroute to Shanghai!
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