How Three Gorges Dam Headlines Have Changed Over 7 Years

Three Gorges Dam in China discharging water.

Three Gorges Dam in China discharging water.

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Over the span of 7 years, watch the Three Gorges Dam change from “impenetrable” to “cannot have all hope placed on it”

Three Gorges Dam Chinese news headlines from in 2003, 2006, 2007, and 2010.

2003: Three Gorges Dam impenetrable, can withstand a once in a 10,000 year flood.
2006: Three Gorges Dam able to withstand a once in a 100 year flood.
2010: Changjiang [Yangtze] Water Resources Commission: Cannot place all hope on the Three Gorges Dam.

Multiple copies of this post were posted and now all deleted from Tiexue.

From Baidu Tieba:

Three Gorges Dam impenetrable, can withstand a once in a 10,000 year flood. 2003 June 1.
Three Gorges Dam starting this year can prevent a once in a 1000 year flood. 2007 May 8.
Three Gorges Dam able to withstand a once in a 100 year flood. 2008 October 21.
Changjiang Water Resources Commission: Cannot have excessive expectations of the Three Gorges Dam. 2010 July 20.

Another Baidu Tieba post was also deleted. At this time, a copy on Mop is still available.

Comments from Tiexue: [no longer accessible]


Haha, a special characteristic, a special characteristic [of China].


Reduced by a factor of 10 each time!!!


A little interesting, louzhu is very clever, collecting so many years of news!


So many absurd things have happened in the past few decades, I wonder how future history books will be written, I wonder if we can see that day.


Just what the Three Gorges is like, I won’t say.

Different people have different views!


When it was being built, idealism guided thought. When it is being used, the concept was changed by realism. If God gets angry, the Three Gorges Dam’s’ functions can be reduced tenfold.


You can trust it or not, either way the Three Gorges Dam is there and doesn’t require you to trust it. Downstream there are hundreds of thousands of masses all depending on it, so are you unable to trust it even now?


7 of the 9 Three Gorges Dam outlets have already been opened, and in a few more days we will know, so pay attention to the follow-up report.


At least the trend [in reporting] is good, they are taking one step at a time towards the truth.


They said 1998 was a once-in-a-hundred-years flood, and now just after 12 years, there is yet another once-in-a-hundred-years flood. Ridiculous.


Propaganda necessarily contains exaggeration, but the benefits of the Three Gorges Dam is obvious.


I think the Three Gorges Dam Project was voted on by a show of hands at the National People’s Congress, and it should have already been obvious that there was a problem when over half of the irrigation experts did not raise their hands. I don’t know exactly if this project is good or bad, but I know that one, it is a waste of resources and two, it has ruined many historical sites. It seems today that this project really was just for the policy-makers to show off something great, always wanting to make some political achievement while they are in office that people will talk about, but without respecting the facts. If there some other problem happens again with the Three Gorges Dam this year, then it will truly go down in history in infamy.

This photo taken on Sunday May 14, 2006 and released by China's official Xinhua news agency, shows a distant view of the giant dam of the Three Gorges hydropower project under construction on the Yangtze River. There are less than 3,000 cubic meters of concrete left to be placed before the dam is finally completed on May 20, nine months ahead of the schedule, Xinhua said. The dam is situated near the Xiling Gorge, the eastern most gorge of the Three Gorges on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Du Huaju)

Propaganda necessarily contains exaggeration. chinaSMACK personals.


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Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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