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Yangzi River

From the melting glaciers of the Tibetan plateau, plunging eastwards, ever downwards towards the silty fleshpots of Shanghai before finally ejecting into the salty East China Sea, Asia’s longest river enjoys countless names for its many sections and yet one particular stretch stands out: rightly or wrongly, the Three Gorges enthralls the Chinese people, poets and politicians. Whether it’s the Shibaozhai temple, Wuxia Gorge, Xiling Gorge, Qutang Gorge, Wutan Gorge, the hanging coffins or cheeky river monkeys, travel writers love to wax lyrical about this old, old river: “The ships navigating it are more numerous than in all the rivers of Christendom,” Marco Polo observed.

Through the Gezhouba and Three Gorges Dam, the Chinese Communist Party hopes to have taken the sting out of the once-deadly eddies that once so dominated the imagination and history of this region.

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