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Leaving Yichang and Gezhou Dam

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Approaching Gezhou Dam
Was awoken by the call of the loudspeaker announcing breakfast. The volume control in my cabin was busted so the sound shocked me and then there was some music that was nice at first but then became annoying at full blast. I got dressed went down for a light breakfast and then watched a few more people board (not many though, most would be boarding at the Three Gorges Dam) before finally casting off and heading upstream on the Yangtze.

Passing through Yichang and heading west we first reached Gezhou Dam on the northwest outskirts of the city. In itself this is a large dam across the Yangtze which passes across the three channels of the river here divided by two small islands. The ship channel that we passed through meant that we could not see the larger sections of the dam.
Rising up to the water level behind the dam
Gezhou Dam was the first dam built across the Yangtze and was completed in 1988 after 18 years of construction. Surprisingly the Three Gorges Dam is only about 30km upstream of Gezhou Dam.

We had a pretty substantial wait for other ships before we passed through the ship lock. In fact by the time we made it through it was time for lunch. We headed back to the dining area for some more food. Have I mentioned yet that I am loving Chinese meals and the family dining style that accompanies most Chinese meals. I'm even becoming mostly proficient at using my chopsticks. Nothing like forced necessity being the best teacher.

We went pretty quickly through the meal though because when we passed through the lock we were entering the first of the three gorges that gives the Three Gorges region its name. But I'll talk about Xiling Gorge in the next entry.
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Approaching Gezhou Dam
Approaching Gezhou Dam
Rising up to the water level behin…
Rising up to the water level behi…
Fisherman along the Yangtze River
Fisherman along the Yangtze River
Fisherman along the Yangtze River
Fisherman along the Yangtze River
Getting ready to enter the lock at…
Getting ready to enter the lock a…
Passing the lock doors
Passing the lock doors
Inside the lock
Inside the lock
The doors behind us closing...
The doors behind us closing...
Still closing
Still closing
Almost there.
Almost there.
A bird stands idly by unaware of t…
A bird stands idly by unaware of …
Gezhou Dam spillway.
Gezhou Dam spillway.
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photo by: FK27