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Historical The Three Gorges, Yangtze, China

A selection of old and rare photos, taken in the late 1940s, of The Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, the longest river in China. The Powerpoint slideshow presentation also includes a few recent photos of the Three Gorges for comparison

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Historical The Three Gorges, Yangtze, China

  1. 1. The Historical Three 歷史三峽 Gorges An historical perspective.Wu GorgeAll rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners.Available free for non-commercial and personal use. Version 1.0 2 Dec 2011. Jerry Tse. London.
  2. 2. LIFE 1956In 1946, Dmitri Kessel lived on the Yangtze River for 7 months and took a series of photos of theThree Gorges. Some of this collection were published 10 years later in the LIFE magazine.
  3. 3. Dmitri Kessel (1902-1995) was born in Kiev, Ukraine. For many years he worked as a photographerand a war correspondent for LIFE magazine. Other photo collections of his included WW II, the GreekCivil war, the Andes , mining in Central Africa and portraits of royalty.
  4. 4. Overloaded sampan operated for the local traffic.
  5. 5. Tracker’s path
  6. 6. Kessel even imagined a dam canbe built in the Three Gorges.
  7. 7. Wu Gorge 巫峽
  8. 8. Wu Gorge 巫峽
  9. 9. “I have no home; mybody is my home. But Iam an old good. I shallstay on boats, and therewill always be someoneto hire me and when Iam old, all my brothersin the boatmen’s guildand all the captains onthe riverside who knowme will give me a fewcoppers in payment forthe friendship. I havehoarded for them. I willhave plenty. I will havea fine funeral.” thetracker said. LIFE 11June 1956 p141.
  10. 10. Wu Gorge 巫峽
  11. 11. Trackers’ path on the cliff for towing boats upstream.
  12. 12. Meng Cheng was a streamer, a victim of the Yangtze rapids.
  13. 13. Low water and foaming rapids appeared in the dry season of the year.
  14. 14. Wu Gorge 巫峽 Rowers working through the rapids.
  15. 15. Qutang Gorge 瞿塘峽 The well-known view of the entrance to the gorge.
  16. 16. Qutang Gorge 瞿塘峽 Baidi city 白帝城
  17. 17. Zhibaozhai 石寶寨
  18. 18. National In 1948, Robert Moore published an article on the National Geographic Magazine, with photos he took travelled on the Yangtze River.Geographic 1948
  19. 19. Wu Gorge 巫峽
  20. 20. Nationalist soldiers playing cards on a streamer. These could thesoldiers that stopped the Japanese advance in the WW II at Shibei.
  21. 21. Wu Gorge 巫峽
  22. 22. Fleet of Junks near the town of Fengkieh in the background.
  23. 23. River barges tied themselves to a streamer travelling on the Yangtze near Chongqing.
  24. 24. Chongqing 重慶
  25. 25. Views Today
  26. 26. Xiling Gorge 西陵 Shibei well known for repelling the Japanese advance on Chongqing in WWII. 石牌
  27. 27. Xiling Gorge 西陵
  28. 28. Three Gorge Dam 三峽大壩
  29. 29. Three Gorge Dam 三峽大壩 Clean electricity
  30. 30. Wu Gorge 巫峽
  31. 31. Wu Gorge 巫峽
  32. 32. Wu Gorge 巫峽
  33. 33. Wu Gorge 巫峽
  34. 34. Qutang Gorge 瞿塘峽
  35. 35. Qutang Gorge 瞿塘峽
  36. 36. Baidi city 白帝城
  37. 37. The EndAll rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Availablefree for non-commercial and personal use. Music – Voices composed by Vangelis (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou), from his album . Vooices.