Zhong Jian still remembers where his house once stood in the shadow of a bridge across a branch of the Yangtze River. He walks down a street in Wanzhou's old city, pointing out the former locations of the elementary school his daughter used to attend and the shop which sold building materials. All that remains are piles of stones waiting to be carted away before the Three Gorges Dam causes the water level to rise and cover the lower half of Wanzhou. Mr Zhong has moved into a new home in the hills overlooking the river. He said he was happy to move because the apartment is newer and larger than his old one. But he had to borrow money to buy his new home, since the local government only compensated him 150 yuan (HK$141) per square metre for his old one. 'There's a lot of migration but little money,' he said, rubbing his fingers together in the universal sign for cash. The complaint is common in Wanzhou and other districts administered by Chongqing municipality, which will be the worst affected by the Three Gorges Dam project. Migrants complain of receiving low compensation or even none at all, as well as misappropriation of funds. China says it had uncovered 234 cases of corruption and embezzlement involving 42 million yuan of Three Gorges project funds. Watchdog groups say the figure is far higher. 'This is a fat opportunity for corrupt officials to get money,' said Dai Qing, an outspoken critic of the project and author of the book Yangtze! Yangtze! The relocation of more than a million people is far advanced, with some migrants finding homes at higher points in the same town and others moving more than 2,000km downriver to Shanghai. On a hill above Wanzhou, Yang Shi cradles his two-year-old grandson as he looks down at the scene of destruction below. His old neighbour greets him: 'Have you moved yet?' Nearby, workers carry furniture and household goods on bamboo poles across their shoulders for another moving family. Mr Yang will move next year as part of the city's third phase of relocation before the waters rise in June. Residents of Wanzhou say the water will come up to just below the clock tower built by the former nationalist government in 1925. Resistance to relocation is increasing as authorities try to move the final die-hards out of the way. One recent protest in Wanzhou numbered in the hundreds of people, sources said. 'The Three Gorges project is good for the country but not for the people who live here,' Mr Yang said.