This picture doesn’t look like much but one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had was traveling through the locks of The Three Gorges Dam in China. The world's largest dam with the world's largest stored power capacity has one of the world's largest locks to help ships navigate the Yangtze River. The Three Gorges lock includes a 370-foot change in water level as ships manage the system of five stairstep-style locks. Able to send ships either direction, the lock system takes just over two hours to navigate the steps. The 918-foot-long lock can handle ships up to 10,000 tons. But if you have a smaller, 3,000 ton ship, just head over to the Three Gorges ship elevator, which uses 6.7 million pounds of water within the gear-powered chamber to get the 370-foot ride done in just 40 minutes.
After a five-year slog, the world’s first double-deck six-lane steel truss railway cable-stayed bridge recently finished construction.
This bridge, which lies in Jiangjin district in Southwest China’s Chongqing city, is named New Baishatuo Yangtze River Bridge. It is 5.32 kilometers long in total, with a main span of 920 meters.
What happened to the Yangtze River dolphin? It was originally found along 1,700 kms of the lower and middle reaches of the Yangtze River in China. In the 1950's the population was estimated to be around 6,000 dolphins. But their numbers declined rapidly due to habitat loss, dam construction, pollution, increased shipping traffic, loss of prey, unsustainable fishing practices and entanglement in nets. By 1986 their numbers had dropped to 300-400, 1990 down to 100-200, 1997 only 13 individuals and in 2006 a survey found zero dolphins. It was declared functionally extinct in the wild. After surviving for more than 20 million years, it is gone. Forever. Due entirely to mans unbridled development and insatiable consumption. Photo credit Natural History Museum.
#hudsonriver temporary thaw in January #beacon today reminded me of an old friend’s work the filmmaker #PeterHutton (1944-2016) and in particular his later works “Study of a River” 1997 detailing both the industry and the revitalization of the Hudson River & “Two Rivers” from 2001 in which Hutton compared the industrial realities of the #yangtzeriver and the #hudsonriver in a memorable two-channel work of comparison and contrast. Nice to watch his films again today✌🏽🎥 he is missed but remembered.
New Baishatuo Yangtze River railway bridge (upper) replacing the previous Baishatuo #YangtzeRiver#railway#bridge is seen in Jiangjin of southwest #China 's #Chongqing Municipality, Jan. 9, 2018. The construction of the new double decker steel truss #cable stay railway bridge was finished recently. It has 4 tracks on the upper deck for passenger #trains with a designed speed of 200 meters per hour and 2 tracks on the lower deck for cargo trains with the designed speed of 120 kilometers per hour. The overall length of the bridge is 5.32 kilometers, of which the main bridge is 920 meters. Together with the Chongqing-Guiyang railway, which is to be in operation, the bridge will undergo the test operation soon. (Xinhua/Liu Chan)
Finally some beautiful weather and great AQI! Managed to get some miles in along the #yangtzeriver after work. Numb toes, but pretty darn nice riding. Signed up for the @thedayacrossminnesota ride in August so I gotta keep it up this winter!
No trips until Spring Break...😰 so I’m gonna take it back. This one weird trip where I caught the travel bug (and other bugs!!!!! 😅) and it changed my life. I got so sick and was struggling to walk for these 3 wonderful weeks, but it didn’t stop me from soaking up the wonders and beautiful culture of China. I was terrified of this trip but I went and conquered—a similar take on my life ever since. This trip taught me to go and see, go and meet, go and influence—I will never forget the mark China left on my heart and all of the rich conversations I had. I’ve asked Tom if he would ever like to go and I don’t think I’ll be going back 🤪 but it’s something I get to treasure forever.
Passing out in public restaurants, crawling up the #potalapalace on my hands and knees, wagering in markets for all the #chinapearl I could get my hands on and being a foot taller than everyone while at it, getting to see the place that inspired #Mulan , again crawling on my hands and knees up the #greatwall , getting my first ever food poisoning experience from eating dog and cat (not by choice!!!), #terracottaarmy , #beijing , #shanghai , #yangtzeriver , and flying back with strep and a double ear infection, crying and sleeping every chance I got haha. 🇨🇳 #China#travelbug
A most breathtaking view on a quick stop at Gangquhe bridge along the highway from Shangri La to Benzilan where a small tributary with green waters meet the brown waters of the jinsha river which becomes the mighty Yangtze river further downstream. The river forms the border between Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. This shot is taken standing on Sichuan soil looking west across the river where it is Yunnan. A memorable day it was indeed, even the 2 hour car ride was such a great experience passing through gorgeous mountains and rivers. One of those pics that just cannot capture the magnificence of it in real life.