Brief Introduction of Yangtze River & Dam
| In the second phase, the dam
will be built to a height of 87 metres (285 ft). By 2003, the first
turbine will have been installed on the southern bank to start generating
power. From April 10 to June 1, People can only cruise between Chongqing
and the Dam. When the second phase is complete, 14 turbines and a
135-metre- high (442-ft-high) permanent ship-lock will have been built on
the southern bank. In the final phase, 2003-2009, the dam will be raised
to a maximum height of 175 metres (574 ft) and an additional 12 turbines
will be installed on the northern bank. The dam is due to begin generating
its own revenue by 2003 and by 2009, when all 26 power generating units
are operating, it will have an annual capacity of 85 billion kilowatt
hours -- or one- ninth of China's total capacity.
River, together with the Yellow River, is the birthplace of
Chinese civilization. Over 4,000 miles (6,000 km) long, and
home to more than 300 million people. To feel the power and
majesty of China's greatest river abroad a cruise ship is an
unforgettable experience, the mighty Yangtze is the longest
river in China and the third longest in the world. Along the
upper reaches of the river lies the spectacular three gorges.
In Sep 2008, the water level will up to 175meters.