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UPDATED: 08:35, September 27, 2005
Three Gorges Project site to have record number of tourist arrivals
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The number of tourists to the construction site of the Three Gorges Project in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River is expected to exceed one million this year, marking a new record high.

Chen Mengjiong, general manager of the Yangtze River Three Gorges Project Travel Development Co. Ltd., said domestic and overseas tourists made 568,000 journeys to the Three Gorges Project in the first eight months of the year, up 36.5 percent from the same period last year.

Of the total, overseas tourists paid 75,000 visits to the construction site at Sandouping in Yichang, in central China's Hubei Province, from January to August, up 74.4 percent.

Chen predicted tourists would make 5,000 journeys to Sandouping each day during the imminent seven-day National Day holiday season beginning October 1.

The current annual record number of tourist arrivals to the construction site is 800,000, according to Chen.

Launched in 1993, the Three Gorges Project, including a 185-meter-high dam and 26 generators on both banks of the Yangtze,is being built in three phases on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, China's longest. The preparations and construction of the first phase were carried out between 1993 and 1997.

The Yangtze was dammed at the Three Gorges area for the first time on November 8, 1997. In accordance with the original plan, the Three Gorges Project, with an estimated cost of 180 billion yuan (approximately 21.7 billion US dollars), will have 26 generators with a combined generating capacity of 18.2 million kw.

So far, construction has been concentrated on the northern bank of the Yangtze, where 14 turbo-generators have been completed. Twelve more turbo-generators will be installed on the southern bank and will be generating electricity by the year 2008.

Upon completion in 2009, the Three Gorges Project will be able to generate 84.7 billion kwh of electric power annually.

Domestic and overseas tourists have paid over four million journeys to the construction site of the Three Gorges since 1997, when the site was first opened to tourism.

Source: Xinhua

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