- Posted July 11, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your favorite river
The Mighty Yangtze River
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
Along the way were sights that reminded me that people live and make their livelihoods along this famed river – terraced fields planted with corn, animals grazing, fishermen and people just using the river for transport. There were also quite a few newly established towns, housing people who had been displaced by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam (Image #10)
At one point, all the passengers disembarked the ferry and we headed to a boat dock. There, Tujia men were there to help us board their smaller, flat bottom boats. The Tujia are one of the ethnic minorities of China and they have long made their living shuttling themselves as well as tourists up and down the river. With the men oaring, steering, and when the water was too shallow for rowing, pulling the boats, we took a short ride up the Shennong Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze. (Images #8 and #9)
Towards the end of the day, we finally passed the famed Qutang Gorge (Image #1) which is one of the Three Gorges and is famous for being the image on the reverse face of the 10 yuan bill.
Our trip ended with a short bus ride to the massive and controversial Three Gorges Dam. For better or worse, the Yangtze River is a lifeline for millions of people.