Insider's Guide to Yangtze River

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  • Admission: CNY 105 (including the minibus in the scenic area which runs every 20 mintes)

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Three Gorges Dam (Sanxia Daba)

The Three Gorges Dam (Sanxia Daba), completed in 2009, is the biggest dam in the world. It required the largest volume of man power and building materials (over 10 million pounds of cement) and drastically changed the landscape and lifestyles along the Yangtze River.

The largest construction project in China since the Great Wall, the Three Rivers Dam spans a mile and a half (2.4 kilometers) and is more than 600 feet (183 meters) tall. It was built to help control flooding along the river, stimulate river trade and boost power production (potentially as much as 18 nuclear power plants). The dam is an impressive feat of engineering despite the controversy surrounding its environmental and human impact.

While visitors can’t walk on the dam, there’s a viewing area with a great view which allows for photo ops (especially when the turbines are spewing water out from the reservoir). The small museum next to the viewing area has a large model of the dam and gives a brief history of the building project. Passengers cruising the Yangtze River to or from Yichang will likely have to pass through the series of staircase locks that allow boats to bypass the dam.

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4-Day Victoria Jenna Three Gorges Cruise Tour from Chongqing to Yichang

Location: Chongqing Region, China
Duration: 4 days

From USD $410.00

4-Day Yangtze Gold 3 Three Gorges Cruise Tour from Chongqing to Yichang

Location: Chongqing Region, China
Duration: 4 days

From USD $455.00

4-Day Yangtze Gold 5 Three Gorges Cruise Tour from Chongqing to Yichang

Location: Chongqing Region, China
Duration: 4 days

From USD $455.00

4-Day President 8 Three Gorges Cruise Tour from Chongqing to Yichang

Location: Chongqing Region, China
Duration: 4 days

From USD $430.00
From USD $540.00
From USD $1,108.00

4-Day Century Sun Yangtze River Cruise Tour from Chongqing to Yichang

Location: Chongqing, China
Duration: 4 days

From USD $482.00

4-Day Victoria Yangtze River Cruise

Location: Chongqing, China
Duration: 4 days

From USD $460.00
From USD $1,639.00

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