torsdag 15. oktober 2015

The Chinese are obsessed with building giant dams

If anyone doubts that the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in China is as much about national prestige as flood control and hydroelectric power, they should pay it a visit. A tour bus will take you 40km (25 miles) from the gritty river city of Yichang and through military checkpoints guarding the visitors’ centre. You get the state-approved experience this way: ferried by electric buggy between vantage points showcasing the phenomenal engineering of the project, with chunks of the immense construction machinery displayed like historic artifacts. Read more