Gezhoubao Dam

Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project, located in Yichang City, Hubei Province, was first constructed in 1970 and finished in 1988. This Gezhouba Dam project is over 2,600 meters long and 50 meters high and divides the Yangtze River into three sections. It consists of three navigation locks, two hydro electric power stations and several sluice-gates. The Gezhouba Dam can store 1.58 billion cubic meters and discharge 110,000 cubic meters per second and the two power stations serve several local provinces. There are also three ship locks that allow passenger or cargo ships to pass through. Viewing this site will surely be an experience worth seeing.
The Gezhouba Dam project has several sluice-gates, or ship locks. Some sluice-gates are used for accumulating water for irrigation during fraught seasons; some function for generating electricity. The main channel here was closed off on January 4,1981,and navigation and power generation began in June the same year, marking the completion of the first phase of the key project. Apart from economic benefit, the Gezhouba project is a boon to tourism, Chinese and foreign travelers visiting the Three Gorges will be tempted to include Guzhouba project in their itinerary.

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