Xinhua | By Agencies
Xinhua | By Agencies
It is an scene of almost apocalyptic proportions.
Bystanders are dwarfed as they stand watching a tremendous rush of water gushing through gaps in a dam in China, part of a carefully-choreographed operation to remove silt from the Yellow River in Luoyang, in the Henan province.
This annual operation sees more than 30 million tonnes of silt sent downstream a year, with more than 390 million tonnes shifted this way over the last 13 years.
A resident takes a picture as the fierce waters plunge through three open slits in the dam during the controlled operation
Floods in China: A paramilitary policeman watches water carrying silt gushing out of three specialised holes in the dam of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River during the annual silt-washing operation
The lone soldier stands guard as sediment-laden flood water gushes through the Xiaolangdi Dam, unleashing tons of water
Umbrellas at the ready: Local residents turn out to watch the annual event – and try to avoid a drenching
The silt-carrying water gushes out of three specialised holes in the dam of the
Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River during the annual silt-washing
The Yellow River authority
says such operations lowers the river bed in the lower reach of the river by an
average of 2.03 meters each year.
The dam stands at 154m (505ft) tall and is 1,317m (4,321ft) wide. When it was built opened in 2000, following a six-year construction, it had cost US$3.5billion to construct
A cloud of water: The floodwater churns through Yellow River as bystanders stand and stare
The Yellow River authority says such operation in the past 13 years have washed away 390 million tons of silt and lowered the river bed in the lower reach by an average of 2.03 meters.
Beijing (CNA) – Chinese travelers who participated in a competition hosted by Taiwan Strait Tourism Association (TSTA) gathered in Beijing Saturday to attend an award ceremony and sharetheir travel experiences.
The Beijing office of the Taiwan-based association, set up by the Mainland Affairs Council in 2006, held the online competition over four months from March 2 to promote independent travel in Taiwan, with prize money totaling 230,000 Chinese yuan (US$36,015).
The winners were announced June 29, with Wang Shan and Song Tao taking the gold award of 100,000 yuan with “Kenting Slow Living,” their travel notes on the southern Taiwan beach resort area.
Silver awards of 30,000 yuan went to Wu Dan and Cheng Si’s “100 postcards of Touring Taiwan by Bike” and Cai Shanna and Yu Rong’s “Searching for Taiwan’s Indigenous Tribes.”
Chi Tianyin and Hsu Yuan took a bronze award of 20,000 yuan with their submission on gourmet food and medical tourism, while Guo Cheng and Cai Na also received a bronze award for a piece on traveling on the Taipei metro.
Song, a photographer, said many of his friends had recommended that he visit Taiwan and that he felt inspired to visit the island after watching the Taiwanese blockbuster Cape No. 7.
Upon arriving in Kenting he was very attracted by the beautiful scenery and friendly people, and was deeply impressed by the local concept of wildlife conservation.
In addition, the many photos of scenic areas in Kenting he shot have been made into a collection of 100 postcards to attract more Chinese visitors to Taiwan.
Chi, who came to Taiwan for a health check, said he was impressed by the friendliness of the doctors and the thoroughness of their examinations, which he described as being in stark contrast from medical services in China.
Hsu, who is Chi’s wife, said her impression of Taiwan was one of “cleanliness” in which the “environment, air, food and people’s hearts are all very pure.”
Yang Ruey-tzong, TSTA’s Beijing office director, said that since Taiwan relaxed its Chinese tourism regulations in 2008, most Chinese people’s impressions of Taiwan’s tourist sites have been limited to Alishan and Sun Moon Lake, even though there are many other places in the country worth visiting.
He said the competition, in which 60 visitors compiled blogs in documenting their experiences, was designed to encourage Chinese travelers to find some of these beautiful scenic sites by themselves.
(By Tsai Su-jung and C.J. Lin)