Construction on the Three Gorges dam was completed in the summer of 2006, and the water level in the Qutang, Wuxia, and the western portion of the Xiling Gorges has already risen by about 100-150m since 2003. The dam has been built in Sandouping in the middle of the Xiling Gorge.
With a length of 2335 meters and a height of 185 meters it is the largest hydroelectric river dam in the world, more than five times the size of the Hoover Dam. Its total generating capacity will reach 22500 MW. The dam will also control the seasonal floods. The economic benefits are partly offset by the relocation of 1.13 million people who lived in the area flooded by the dam, the loss of many valuable archaeological and cultural sites, as well as the effects on the environment.
While we visited the dam a dance performance representing the taming of the Jiangze river took place in the dam compound, performed by a multitude of artists.

01 View of dam at night 02 View of dam at night 03 Three Gorges dam at night 04 Three Gorges dam at night
05 Three Gorges dam at night 06 Lock chambers at night 07 Central section of dam at night 08 Central section of dam at night
09 Night view of dam 10 Night view of dam 11 Night view of dam
12 Night view of dam 13 Dancers on stage illuminated with blue light 14 Dancers on stage illuminated with orange light 15 Dancers on stage illuminated with orange light
16 Female dancers on stage and boat 17 Dancers on stage illuminated with blue light 18 Dancers on stage illuminated with blue light 19 Dancers on stage illuminated with blue light
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