The Three Gorge Dam Sees Completion

Updated: May 22, 2006 | Clicks: 1414

The giant dam of the Three Gorges hydropower project on the Yangtze River saw completion on Saturday, 20, May, signifying a milestone achievement of major structure of the gigantic Three Gorge project.

As China's longest and the world's third longest (only after the Nile and Amazon), the Yangtze River, together with the Yellow River-the second longest river in China, nurtured the Chinese civilization. The roaring water, however, has claimed lives and threatened properties of residents along its valley over centuries. The latest disaster happened in 1998, which caused huge losses for the country. So the Chinese government decided to build the huge dam to tame the flood-prone Yangtze River.

The Three Gorges, which consist of Qutang, Wuxia and Xiling Gorges, extend for about 200 km on the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze. They have become popular tourist destination, characterized by stunningly beautiful landscapes, a great number of historical and cultural sites.

After the completion of the huge dam, water level will be raised gradually by approximate 40 meters. Over 800 historic sites will be lost but many new areas that were previously unreachable will be opened along the river. The main attractions such as Xiling gorge, White king Temple, Kuimen and Wushan Fairy can still be seen as you visit the most attractive man-made scenery "the first dam", and the largest hydro-electric power project in the world.

The concrete placement of the Dam's main section was completed 10 months ahead of schedule, which will enable the Dam to start its role in power generation, flood control and shipping improvement in 2008, one year ahead of designated time.

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