"Chongqing": The city of Chongqing is the starting point of cruises
along the Yangtze river that pass through the Three Gorges Dam.
"Destruction": All along the Yangtze river the damage caused by flooding and construction filled the air.
"Too little, too late": With billions of dollars spent on
anti-pollution efforts, this pathetic one man cleaning crew was all we
saw of these anti-pollution efforts in three days.
"Still some beauty left": The mini-three gorges are gorges away from
the main Yangtze river. Smaller cruise boats take tourists to view
caves and other cultural relics that have not (yet) been destroyed by
rising water levels.
"Mighty dam": While the dam was impressive from an engineering point of
view, the water pollution and silt buildup in the water visible to the
naked eye was not.
"Slowdown": A series of locks have been constructed to deal with the
rising water levels. This has often slowed down shipping movements to
a crawl on the river.