Yichang Things to Do

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    Visit the City of the Underworld.

    by K.Knight Written Sep 19, 2008

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    Bridges of wealth, longetivity and harmony.
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    The City of the Underworld is a bit “corny” but, as a captured audience, Anne and I went to see what this was.

    A fleet of busses collected us from the dock and we were driven for less than one kilometer to the entrance of “the Underworld.”

    After “running the gauntlet” through the dozens of stall holders who were trying to sell us everything from cheap T-shirts to alcohol, we began to climb the 600 plus steps to reach the top. All in 37 degree Celsius heat and 95% humidity…what a mission.

    Once we reached the top we enjoyed the coolness of the temples and assorted buildings that housed all types of statues and figurines that represented the afterlife and underworld. I must say that this entire experience, I felt, was “corny” and something that I would not recommend you go out of your way to see.

    The cost was free as it was part of our 3 day Yangtze River cruise cruise.

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    Yichang - Same copies as everywhere else.

    by K.Knight Written Sep 19, 2008

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    Umbrellas.

    Fake Rolex watches, brand name handbags, polo shirts, pens, birds and fake antiques are all on offer here. Being a regional area of China there are also a number of bargains to be had that represent "old China" or "country China."

    Umbrellas were all the rage with the ladies as most locals were using them to provide shade from the burning sun. It was over 35 Degrees Celsius when we visited in July 2008.

    Just as you would in every other part of China that you visit, remember to haggle for a good price as a starting price of 200 Yuan can often be purchased for 30 Yuan!

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    If you are thirsty, it is safe...

    by FreeCloud Written Sep 26, 2002

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    If you are thirsty, it is safe to buy bottled water from street vendors like shown on the street. The bottled water is very cheap.

    We were told some people put sub-standard quality water into bottles and make profit. Your life is in their hands, so do check the seal, and do buy name brand.

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    Three Gorge Dam

    by darthmilmo Written Sep 11, 2002

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    Not sure if this should go under Off-the-beaten path, but being so easy to get there by bus, I have to say that you simply don't have an excuse to miss it! This is the largest dam on Earth! Some say it's even visible from outerspace. Remember the other man-made object visible from outerspeace? You're right, both the Great Wall of China and the Three Gorge Dam are visible from outer space.

    This construction project is amazing! You trully feel like a little person in here... look at the big construction trucks and cranes. Take your time going up hill to the construction museum. Once there, don't forget to look around you to see the area from atop the hill... really puts things into perspective no?

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    I was so ignorant that I did...

    by FreeCloud Written Sep 26, 2002

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    I was so ignorant that I did not know the internal part of an aligator's mouth was yellowish (thought was pinkish/reddish). I walked by this giant, which lying still on the grass with his mouth widely open (waiting for small animals to jump in?), I thought it was a sculpture!

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    Yangzi River Cruise

    by Willettsworld Written May 19, 2009
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    The main reason to come to Chongqing is to take a cruise on the mighty Yangzi River down river to the massive but controversial Three Gorges Dam near Yichang. I booked a first class cabin (as I was travelling on my own and didn't fancy sharing with other Chinese travellers) at a hostel called The Mix Hostel in Chengdu for around Y1490. This included a bus from Chengdu to Chongqing, 3 nights on the boat and a trip along the Little Three Gorges. I arrived on my boat, called the Chang Hang Jiang Shan II, at about 7pm after being taken to the wharf by the cruise company. The itinerary along the way consists of visits to temples, a city called Fengdu, known as the Ghost City, some waterfalls and the Three Gorges themselves known as Qutang Xia, Wu Xia and Xiling Xia. They are not as spectacular as they once were due to the rise in level of the river but still impressive all the same. The best part of the trip was a visit to the Little Three Gorges as the river here, called the Daning, is shallow and the cliffs are very narrow. Make sure this is included in your trip.

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    Three Gorges Dam Model

    by Willettsworld Written May 19, 2009
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    This scale model of the Three Gorges Dam is located in the Visitors centre which is located on the north bank of the river beside the dam itself. However, another scale model of the dam inside the Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing is much better!

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    Three Gorges Dam

    by Willettsworld Written May 19, 2009
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    The Three Gorges Dam is located in Sandouping, about 30km from Yichang. It is the largest hydroelectric power station in the world and once the world's largest single construction project. With a long history of planning, the dam body was finished in 2006. When finished, it contained 32 main generators, each with a capacity of 700 MW. All of the originally planned components of the project were completed on October 30, 2008, when the 26th generator was brought into commercial operation. Six additional generators in the underground power plant are being installed, not expected to become fully operational until around 2011. The total electric generating capacity of the dam will then reach 22,500 MW.

    I visited the dam in April 2008 and wasn't overly impressed. Yes, it's big, but more in length than in height. For me, the Hoover Dam in the USA is far more impressive. Add this to the controversy of it and the environmental impact and you'll have to weigh up all the pros and cons of the dam when you visit.

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    Three Gorges Five-step Ship Lock

    by Willettsworld Written May 19, 2009
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    I found this to be more far more interesting than the dam. The locks work in both directions meaning that ships coming from downstream can navigate through the series of five lock stages at the same time as ships navigating upstream. The whole process takes around 4 hours in total. The locks are designed to be 280m long, 35m wide, and 5m deep (918 x 114 x 16.4 ft).

    Before the dam was constructed, the maximum freight capacity of the river at the Three Gorges site was 18.0 million tonnes per year. From 2004 to 2007, there was a total of 198 million tonnes of freight that passed through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks. The freight capacity of the river increased 6 times and the cost of shipping reduced by 25%, compared to the previous years. The total capacity of the ship locks is expected to reach 100 million tonnes.

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    Three Gorges Dam - Construction

    by Willettsworld Written May 19, 2009
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    The Three Gorges Dam was once the world's largest single construction project. As part of my Yangzi River cruise, I got taken on a bus tour of the dam where we crossed over on a bridge to the south bank and taken to another park area which features various bits of machinery such as a bulldozer and digger used in the construction of the dam.

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    The 3 Gorges Dam - Tanzling Ridge Visitor Center

    by K.Knight Written Sep 19, 2008
    The three Gorges Dam.
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    From Yichang you travel for approx 30 minutes before arriving at the Three Gorges Dam visitor center. The security at this site is just as intense as though you were checking in for an international flight.

    Once you are through the security process you board a small bus that takes you to the dam wall. The day we were there it was very smoggy and the view was not very spectacular. (The photograph attached here was taken from a photo board at the dam site.) Although it was very smoggy you could still see the armed guards standing at numerous checkpoints! Understandably, we were not allowed to photograph them!

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    Take a Yangtze River cruise.

    by K.Knight Updated Sep 19, 2008
    Our boat - The MS Fortune.
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    Anne and I actually took a three day Yangtze River cruise that actually started in Chongqing and ended in Yichang.

    The number one reason for visiting Yichang is the Three Gorges Dam project and the chance to see this magnificent series of gorges before they are flooded and lost to the world forever.

    Anne and I did exactly that and we decided to take the river cruise as a way of experiencing the wonder that is the Three Gorges Dam.

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    The 3 Gorges Dam - The ship locks

    by K.Knight Written Sep 19, 2008
    Sips in the lock descending 23 meters.
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    The 5 ship locks that make up the Three Gorges Dam are very impressive indeed. Each of the locks will either raise or lower ships by approx 23 meters each so that they can descend or ascend the dam face and continue with their journey.

    From the minute you enter the first lock until the minute you depart the fifth takes approx 3.5 hours.

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    The 3 Gorges Dam - The Dam.

    by K.Knight Written Sep 19, 2008
    The Dam...and the smog.
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    The Biggest Dam in the world….NOT!

    Yes, the Three Gorges Dam is Impressive.
    Yes, the Three Gorges Dam is an engineering miracle.
    Yes, the Three Gorges Dam is the most expensive engineering project in the world to date.

    The Chinese are a constantly advising you that they have the biggest this and the biggest that, even if they have to stretch the truth a little! We were constantly told that Three Gorges dam is the largest Dam in the world.

    Well, it is not the largest dam in the world at all. The Chinese believe that they can claim this status because they used the most amount of cement in the world to build a dam. (That therefore makes it the biggest dam in the world does it not?)

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    The 3 Gorges Dam - New Bridges.

    by K.Knight Written Sep 19, 2008
    Amazing bridges
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    The reason that this is the most expensive project in the history of mankind, another Chinese claim, is the amount of new bridges, roads, cities and infrastructure that has been built to relocate the residents of the Yangtze River.

    As the water inches it way to the 175 meter target, all of the roads and cities will be underwater. For this reason alone you can marvel at the number of new bridges of all shapes and sizes that are being built along the entire stretch of water from Yichang to Chongqing

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