Saturday, June 07, 2008

China Part 3: Drifting Down the Yangtze

The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the whole world. Needless to say that it is an impressive sight and a power house that is not easily stopped. My trip down this natural behemoth began in the city of Chungching. Three lazy days on a cruise ship ahead and not a care in the world.

Here is a view of the mighty Yangtze as seen from above. It's width now is already impressive, but it is growing steadily due to the Three Gorges Dam Project.

Welcome to Hell! This is the temple at Fudong which rests on the top of a mountain and was believed in ancient times to be the physical resting place of Hell. Now however the town at the base of this mountain is being flooded and the inhabitants have been relocated to the other bank of the river.
Here we see guardians waiting to punish the evil souls which wander up to Hell.

This is a picture of a small cruise boat used for a side tour of the gorges, or walled valleys which wind off from the main river.

Maybe you can grasp the magnanimity of these gorges from this photo of the Little Gorge, one of the last ones that we toured.
And here is the ever controversial Three Gorges Dam, a project which was supposed to supply power to all of China, but which instead has sapped resources and put thousands upon millions of people out of their homes. I was unimpressed by the dam, especially as I wasn't allowed to walk upon it or inside.
A sunset on the Yangtze. Cross another must see place off the list.