Cruising the Yangtze, part 3

Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.

Soon after we were through the ship locks and on the other side of the Three Gorges Dam we came to the actual three gorges. The peaks towered above us spectacularly, but… The whole time I was wondering what it all looked like before the dam was filled. The water level was about 85 metres higher than before the dam was built, so the gorges must have been so much more spectacular. I found myself missing scenery that I hadn’t ever seen before. And wonering about the towns 85 metres below us, and what the relocated inhabitants thought of the dam that everyone is so proud of.
Yangtze River
Yangtze River
The YangtzeThe river had been about five metres higher before the winter, and the layer of silt on the banks and cliffs loked like a scar, further reminding me that we were in a reservoir and what we were seeing wasn’t the ‘true’ Yangtze.
Setting sun
The Yangtze
The Yangtze
Lesser Gorges
At one point we got off our big boat onto a smaller ferry so we could sail along the Lesser Gorges, on a tributary of the Yangtze. The cliffs along here looked more spectacular than along the main river. Then we got off the ferry and took a sampan ride along an even smaller tributary, the pictures of which I’ll save for another post, in which I hope to use the word ‘spectacular’ a little less…

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14 thoughts on “Cruising the Yangtze, part 3

  1. Spectacular (bet everyone commenter does it) photos, Tanya. Did your neck need some adjustment after looking at those peaks for so long.

    You’re right to wonder about the displaced residents of those towns. I hope they were adequately recompensed with housing, jobs, etc. but I have my doubts.

    Thanks for the tour – we certainly are enjoying it.

    • They’ve built whole new cities higher up for everyone, but they’re modern and probably lack the character that the old towns had. And most of the towns were dismantled brick by brick both so they could re-use materials but also so they didn’t cause an unseen underwater hazard to ships going up and down the river. So really, I don’t think there’s too much left underwater. I imagine the dam has actually opened up a heap of new jobs – construction, new tourism (can get to places that boats couldn’t before), and in the new towns many people would have the same jobs they had in the old towns. I really should know more about it, but haven’t read up on it. Yet.

  2. I’m not sure there are many other words asides of spectacular for such a place. Those sides are so steep. Thankyou for sharing. I don’t comment much but I read all your adventures. It is nice to see other places, even if it is only from the computer chair. Cherrie

  3. Yes you guessed it ‘spectacular’ is the word – we too are really enjoying following your travels and also watching your gorgeous baby growing sooooooooo fast..

    • I know, she’s growing so fast – almost crawling now. She gets on her hands and knees and rocks back and forth with a big grin on her face, like she knows she’s the cleverest baby around. She’s got the commando crawling sorted – until she wants to come to mama, then it’s all just too hard and she puts her head on the ground and cries in frustration (it’s kinda funny…!!).

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