In the Summer of 2006, I took a cruise from Chongqing to Yichang via the famed Three Gorges. It was a pretty cool trip.
At the time I was there, the dam had not pushed the water to the level that it is now. I'm glad I saw the area before the water-level was its final 175 meters. The gorges were a bit taller and more dramatic and there were a few instances where I could see what would eventually be consumed by the time 175 meters was achieved.
Here are a few photos highlighting the water-level and its eventual rise:
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