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Interesting Information About the Three Gorges Dam in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 30, 2011


From Wikipedia
A large dam across the Yangtze River was originally envisioned by Sun Yat-sen in The International Development of China, in 1919.[12][13] He stated that a dam capable of generating 30 million horsepower (22,371 MW) was possible downstream of the Three Gorges.[13] In 1932, the Nationalist government, led by Chiang Kai-shek, began preliminary work on plans in the Three Gorges. In 1939, Japanese military forces occupied Yichang and surveyed the area. A design, the Otani plan, was completed for the dam in anticipation of a Japanese victory over China. In 1944, the United States Bureau of Reclamation chief design engineer, John L. Savage, surveyed the area and drew up a dam proposal for the ‘Yangtze River Project’.[14] Some 54 Chinese engineers went to the U.S. for training. Some exploration, survey, economic study, and design work was done, but the government, in the midst of the Chinese Civil War, halted work in 1947.

4 Responses to “Interesting Information About the Three Gorges Dam in China”

  1. gowron said

    With all the delays and bad luck associated with this mammoth project, perhaps God was trying to say something?

  2. MyLaowai said

    There are already massive cracks in the walls. I know this because I know one of the blokes who’s tasked with repairing them. He says it’s a lost cause.

    • wtdevflnt said

      Why am I not surprised? But don’t worry, its just coolies along the stream the cadre will get out on time. And how bout that new bridge they build for the usa? How the fk invites them to build anything in a quake zone?

      laowais site is one of my favs
      visit it at http://www.mylaowai.com

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