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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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11-Day Splendors of China: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and Chongqing with Yangtze River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience the splendors of China over 11 fantastic days! Highlights include the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights

From USD $1,686.97

4-Day Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang including the Three Gorges Dam

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

This four-day river cruise will show you the best of what China’s Yangtze River has to offer. Leave your troubles behind and relax on a sightseeing cruise ...  Read more

Location: Yangtze River, China
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

From USD $387.50

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