Three Gorges

Upstream dams risk starving Three Gorges of water

Intensive dam-building on the upper Jinsha River - part of the upper reaches of the Yangtze - threaten the massive Three Gorges dam's viability, environmentalists have warned.

Wednesday, 6 June, 2012, 12:00am

Bo may be gone but his pet project is going ahead

One of the most controversial decisions that former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai made during his four-year stay in the southwestern mega-city has been upheld, despite the princeling-politician's spectacular fall from grace.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Dam plan speeded up despite warnings

Plans for a controversial dam project on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River are poised to move forward in Chongqing despite fierce public opposition, as environmentalists say the project threatens to jeopardise the country's last haven for rare species of fish.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hell and high water

Even the dogged pilgrim can pass without noticing the two monuments honouring the first man to conquer the Yangtze River.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Going back in time

The most popular destinations in Chongqing are a cruise down the Three Gorges to Yichang and a day trip to the Buddhist carvings in Dazu.

The group of Buddhist cave sculptures that rival those at Datong, Dunhuang, and Luoyang is worth the effort to reach if you have the opportunity.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

57m yuan for Three Gorges art

A Chinese oil painting depicting men playing cards in their underwear fetched more than 57 million yuan (HK$63.5 million) at a Beijing auction, a record price for a contemporary mainland artwork, state media reported.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Mega dams meant to control siltation will add to ecological woe, experts warn

China is paying a heavy price for underestimating silt accumulation in the Three Gorges reservoir with plans to build more mega dams upstream of the Yangtze River, which themselves will have serious ecological impact, mainland experts have warned.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Moving 4m Three Gorges residents 'vital for ecology'

Chongqing municipal authorities have said a second massive relocation in the Three Gorges' reservoir area involving four million people was being implemented to save the area's deteriorating ecology.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Cost of development finally to be counted

There is no better sign of the mainland's realisation that its 'development at all costs' attitude has to change than acknowledgement by senior officials that the Three Gorges Dam could cause an environmental catastrophe.

27 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Factory shake-up bid to close income gap

Chongqing is grouping and relocating its factories and universities to dozens of industrial parks and a university city, to help catch up with the east and narrow the urban-rural income gap.

27 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Three Gorges tourist numbers drop as dam water level rises

The number of visitors to the Three Gorges tourist attraction has dropped this summer to the lowest level in more than a decade, a year after the mainland filled the reservoir of the world's largest dam.

24 Aug 2004 - 12:00am


Wild Weather

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6 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Benefits of dam not felt by all

The gateway to the gorges is booming, but upstream residents are not happy

In the city of Yichang, a large sign proudly declares: 'Yichang rises out of the Three Gorges.'

16 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Officials must reform water supply policies

Since 1972, there have been incidences of the Yellow River drying up in Shandong province.

The growing water demand in northern China far exceeds the river's available resources.

The central government is proposing to divert water from the Yangtze River to the Yellow River by constructing three new channels.

8 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Heroes of the past

The Three Gorges project is engineering on a heroic scale, and yesterday's completion of the main dam across the Yangtze River represents the ultimate triumph of man over nature. For critics, it came at the cost of environmental degradation and human misery from a venture that will never pay for itself.

7 Nov 2002 - 12:00am