Three Gorges Dam of Yangtze River in Yichang

Where is Three Gorges Dam of Yangtze River?

The Three Gorges Dam of Yangtze River is a hydroelectric gravity dam that spans the Yangtze River by the town of Sandouping, in Yiling District, Yichang, Hubei province, China.

Why is Three Gorges Dam of Yangtze River So Special?

The Three Gorges Dam has been the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity since 2012.In 2014, the dam generated 98.8 terawatt-hours and had the world record, but was surpassed by the Itaipú Dam, which set the new world record in 2016, producing 103.1 TWh.

History of Three Gorges Dam of Yangtze River

A large dam across the Yangtze River was originally envisioned by Sun Yat-sen in The International Development of China, in 1919. In 1932, the Nationalist government, led by Chiang Kai-shek, began preliminary work on plans in the Three Gorges.

In 1944, the United States Bureau of Reclamation head design engineer, John L. Savage, surveyed the area and drew up a dam proposal for the ‘Yangtze River Project’.Some exploration, survey, economic study, and design work was done, but the government, in the midst of the Chinese Civil War, halted work in 1947.

After the 1949 Communist takeover, Mao Zedong supported the project, but began the Gezhouba Dam project nearby first, and economic problems including the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution slowed progress.

Construction started on December 14, 1994.The dam was expected to be fully operational in 2009, but additional projects, such as the underground power plant with six additional generators, delayed full operation until May 2012.The ship lift was completed in 2015.

Main Attractions of Three Gorges Dam of Yangtze River

Opened in 1997, the Dam Scenic Area is mainly composed of Tanzi Mountain, 185 Platform, Dam Viewing Point and Memorial Garden. It fully displays to visitors the culture of the water conservancy project.

How to Get to Three Gorges Dam of Yangtze River?

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Take bus no.4, 10, 10-1, 21, 34, 100, or 101 in Yichang City and get off at Yemingzhu Station, take bus no. 8 in the dam area and get off at Liuzhashou Tourist Reception Center and take the minibus to visit the dam area.

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Edited by Winnie/张赢