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Three Gorges


Starting from the White Emperor City at Fengjie,Chongqing Municipality in the west to the Nanjin Pass at Yichang,Hubei Province in the east,the Three Gorges,192km long,is composed of Qutang,Wu and Xiling.Qutang Gorge,knows for its magnificence,is only 8km long.Wu Gorge,45km long,is famous for its deep valley and quiet beauty;and the Xiling Gorge 76km long ,used to be full of turbulent currents and whirlpools and is one of the most dangerous shoals.

Three Gorges Dam
The massive Three Gorges Dam Project is the most important key project in the development and harnessing of the Yangtze River. The dam, 2309m long and 185m high, is located in Sandouping of Hubei Province, about 27km upstream from Yichang City, It is the largest water conservancy project ever built in China. The successful storing of the Three Gorges reservoir's water to reach an attitude of 135 meters from the previous 78 meters on June 10, 2003 signaled the end of the second phase of the project, which comprises three phases, the world's largest hydroower scheme, scheduled to be completed by the year 2009, when the water level is expected to reach an attitude of 175 meters. By then, a huge 600km-long reservoir will have emerged between the area of Sandouping where the dam is located and Chongqing Municipality of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, and the total storage capacity of the reservoir will be 39.3 billion cubic meters.

 

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