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Three Gorges Dam

This is the biggest dam on earth, so if you like world firsts, you’ll be in for a treat here. Born out of necessity, to make the most beautiful but also the most treacherous parts of the spectacular Yangtze River passable, the dam is now a key source of tourism in its own right. Unlike China’s usual pull of ancient sites, this attraction offers up a modern day icon.

Holding the record as the longest ‘building’ – or architectural structure as is were – in the world, this dam is quite the engineering marvel. Construction of the beast began back in 1994, but due to its immensity, it wasn’t fully functioning until 2012.

It may not be the most scenic of sights. In fact, it looks pretty monstrous, but by both preventing flooding and acting as a natural source of power for the surrounding areas, the Three Gorges Dam is all about inner beauty. What’s that age old saying again? Oh yes, “don’t judge a book by its cover”.

Why add Three Gorges Dam to your itinerary

It’s worth a whistlestop tour, if not for the bucket-list tick then to see what all the fuss is about. And you won’t have to look too hard to spot it, that’s for sure.

An observation deck will provide with all the prime viewing opportunities that you could possibly need – and we’re talking birds eye here – of everything from the five-step ship lock to the diversion canal and power station. For the keen culture cultures among you, there’s even an exhibition room showcasing a model of the dam and offering up a whole host of information on this extensive projects and its long list of benefits.

If you’d like to tick off the world first that is its largest dam, start with our Yangtze Discovery base itinerary or add 'Yangtze Cruise' to our Panoramas & Pandas itinerary and a visit to the dam will be included as part of your cruise. Head over to our itinerary builder now to start putting together your perfect trip.

Three Gorges Dam Essential Information


Spanning the Yangtze River in Yichang City, Hubei Province of China.

Opening times


Getting in

180 CNY.

Dress code

Comfortable attire.

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