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The THREE GORGES (Chinese : 三峡; pinyin : Sānxiá ) are three adjacent gorges along the middle reaches of the Yangtze
Yangtze
River in the People\'s Republic of China . The Three Gorges
Three Gorges
have long been renowned for their spectacular scenery, and the " Three Gorges
Three Gorges
Scenic Area" is classified as a AAAAA scenic area (the highest level) by the China National Tourism Administration .

CONTENTS

* 1 Overview * 2 The Three Gorges
Three Gorges
* 3 Three Gorges Dam
Three Gorges Dam
* 4 See also * 5 References

OVERVIEW

The Three Gorges
Three Gorges
span from the western—upriver cities of Fengjie and Yichang
Yichang
in Chongqing
Chongqing
Municipality eastward—downstream to Hubei province The Three Gorges
Three Gorges
region attracts global attention due to the Three Gorges Dam
Three Gorges Dam
, which is firmly changing the culture and environment of the river and Three Gorges
Three Gorges
region.

The Yangtze
Yangtze
River (Chang Jiang)— Three Gorges
Three Gorges
region has a total length of approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi). The Three Gorges occupy approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi) within this region. Although it is primarily famous for its scenery, the Three Gorges region is also a historically and culturally important location in China. Many settlements and archeological sites are under submersion from the rising Three Gorges Dam
Three Gorges Dam
.

THE THREE GORGES

GORGE CHINESE LENGTH (KM) RANGE

Qutang Gorge
Gorge
瞿塘峡 8 from Baidicheng
Baidicheng
( Fengjie ) to Daxi

Wu Gorge 巫峡 45 from Wushan to Guandukou ( Badong
Badong
)

Xiling Gorge 西陵峡 66 from Zigui
Zigui
to Nanjin Pass ( Yichang
Yichang
)

THREE GORGES DAM

Main article: Three Gorges Dam
Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam
Three Gorges Dam
was constructed at a place called Sāndòupíng in the middle of the Xiling Gorge . The reservoir dam was completed in the summer of 2006, and the water level quickly reached the maximum level of 110m above the downstream river. The project was completed by the end of 2008, although a ship lift is still in course of construction, and expected to be completed in 2015.

The dam and Three Gorges
Three Gorges
Reservoir has had a massive impact upon the region's ecology and people, involving the mass relocation of towns and villages. The higher water level has changed the scenery of the Three Gorges, so that the river is wider and the mountains appear lower. However, the mountains still tower above the river, and the gorges continue to offer spectacular views of the surrounding cliffs.

The riverboat companies that operate in the Three Gorges
Three Gorges
are experiencing a boom in demand for river cruises. The increased width and depth of the river permits larger ships through the gorges, and there has been a significant increase of river traffic of all kinds, including bulk cargo and container barges. Travel poster for the Three Gorges
Three Gorges
Region (circa 1930).

SEE ALSO

* Baiheliang Underwater Museum
Baiheliang Underwater Museum
* Chinese yuan
Chinese yuan
note — the westernmost gorge image is on the ten yuan note. * Three Gorges
Three Gorges
Locks * Three Gorges Museum

REFERENCES

* ^ "AAAAA Scenic Areas". China National Tourism Administration . 16 November 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2011.

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Three Gorges
Three Gorges
Reservoir Region

County-level divisions

HUBEI PROVINCE

* Yiling in Yichang
Yichang
City * Zigui
Zigui
in Yichang
Yichang
City * Xingshan in Yichang
Yichang
City * Badong
Badong
in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture

CHONGQING MUNICIPALITY

* Wushan * Wuxi * Fengjie * Yunyang * Wanzhou * Shizhu

* Kai * Zhong * Fengdu * Fuling * Changshou * Wulong * Jiangjin

* Yubei * Ba\'nan * Yuzhong * Shapingba * Nan\'an * Dadukou * Jiulongpo * Jiangbei

* v * t * e

Hubei
Hubei
topics

Wuhan
Wuhan
(capital )

GENERAL

* History * Politics * Economy

GEOGRAPHY

* Cities * Wudang Mountains
Wudang Mountains
* Jingshan Mountains * Daba Mountains
Daba Mountains
* Shennongjia
Shennongjia
* Wu Mountains * Dabie Mountains
Dabie Mountains
* Mufu Mountains * Yangtze
Yangtze
River * Han River * Three Gorges

EDUCATION

* Wuhan
Wuhan
University Ω * Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Ω * Wuhan
Wuhan
University of Technology Ω * China University of Geosciences Ω * Central China Agricultural University Ω * Central China Normal University Ω * Zhongnan University of Economics and Law
Zhongnan University of Economics and Law
Ω * South-Central University for Nationalities

CULTURE

* Chu Culture * Han opera * Nine-headed Bird

CUISINE

* Wuhan
Wuhan
duck * Soup dumpling * Re gan mian

VISITOR ATTRACTIONS

* Jingzhou
Jingzhou
* Xianling Tomb (in Zhongxiang
Zhongxiang
) * Three Gorges * Yellow Crane Tower * Hubei
Hubei
Provincial Museum * Underground Project 131

* CATEGORY * COMMONS

* v * t * e

Notable Canyons and gorges of China

* Three Gorges
Three Gorges

* Qutang Gorge
Gorge
* Xiling Gorge * Wu Gorge

* Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas

* Tiger Leaping Gorge
Gorge

* Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon
Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon

Coordinates : 31°2′34.0″N 109°33′41.0″E / 31.042778°N 109.561389°E / 31.0

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