三峡工程 The Three Gorges Project
The Three Gorges Project is a grand project to control the Yangtze River and exploit its hydropower potential. It has comprehensive functions of preventing floods, generating electricity and allowing passage of much larger ships than before.
The Three Gorges Project can radically solve the flood threats of the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.
It is equivalent to ten 2 million kw thermal power stations which can ease the problem of power shortages in central and eastern China, and other areas.
It can improve the navigational condition of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. After its completion, 10,000-tn ships can reach Chongqing directly and 35% of the current shipping costs will be cut. The link between the southwest and other regions will be strengthened.