It’s humongous! The hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze is the largest power station in the world. It is five times larger than the Hoover Dam. The dam is supposed to help the lower Yangtze from flooding and increase shipping. It has been controversial because the installation of the dam displaced over one million people and flooded cultural sites. There has also been an increase in landslides due to erosion. Lower water levels have caused salt water to come farther up the Yangtze, threatening fish populations.
A dam cross the Yangtze was first envisioned by Sun Yat-sen. The first plans were begun during the time of Chiang Kai-shek. In the 1980s the National People’s Congress approved the plans. The dam building began in 1994 and was completed in 2012. In addition to two sets of locks, there is also a ship lift, an elevator that can lift ships up to 3,000 pounds.
Once again, our group attracts attention. Especially, the white-haired guys are asked to pose for photos.