Historical The Three Gorges, Yangtze, China

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Version 1.0 2 Dec 2011. Jerry Tse. London. All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use. The Historical Three GorgesAn historical perspective.Wu Gorge

LIFE 1956In 1946, Dmitri Kessel lived on the Yangtze River for 7 months and took a series of photos of the Three Gorges. Some of this collection were published 10 years later in the LIFE magazine.

Dmitri Kessel (1902-1995) was born in Kiev, Ukraine. For many years he worked as a photographer and a war correspondent for LIFE magazine. Other photo collections of his included WW II, the Greek Civil war, the Andes , mining in Central Africa and portraits of royalty.

Overloaded sampan operated for the local traffic.

Trackers path

Kessel even imagined a dam can be built in the Three Gorges.

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I have no home; my body is my home. But I am an old good. I shall stay on boats, and there will always be someone to hire me and when I am old, all my brothers in the boatmens guild and all the captains on the riverside who know me will give me a few coppers in payment for the friendship. I have hoarded for them. I will have plenty. I will have a fine funeral. the tracker said. LIFE 11 June 1956 p141.

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Trackers path on the cliff for towing boats upstream.

Meng Cheng was a streamer, a victim of the Yangtze rapids.

Low water and foaming rapids appeared in the dry season of the year.

Rowers working through the rapids.Wu Gorge

Qutang Gorge The well-known view of the entrance to the gorge.

Qutang Gorge Baidi city

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National Geographic 1948In 1948, Robert Moore published an article on the National Geographic Magazine, with photos he took travelled on the Yangtze River.

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Nationalist soldiers playing cards on a streamer. These could the soldiers that stopped the Japanese advance in the WW II at Shibei.

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Fleet of Junks near the town of Fengkieh in the background.

River barges tied themselves to a streamer travelling on the Yangtze near Chongqing.

Chongqing

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Xiling Gorge Shibei well known for repelling the Japanese advance on Chongqing in WWII.

Xiling Gorge

Three Gorge Dam

Three Gorge Dam Clean electricity

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Qutang Gorge

Qutang Gorge

Baidi city

Music Voices composed by Vangelis (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou), from his album . Vooices.

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