Visitors to Hubei’s Three Gorges Dam over the National Day holiday were greeted by a heinously large layer of filth and garbage floating along the reservoir, according to photos taken at the scenic spot earlier this week.
The Three Gorges Dam, once dubbed “one of China’s biggest environmental nightmares“, is the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity. The project also sets a record for displacing over 1.4 million residents, submerging 13 cities, 140 towns and over 1,300 villages throughout its construction.
Environmentalists have blamed the submergence of factories, mines and waste dumps as well as the presence of huge industrial centers upstream as the source of the rubbish and pollutants floating on the reservoir.
Sadly, little effect is made by these hapless workers, who maneuver through the festering pit equipped with tiny nets that make but a small dent in the swath of plastics and pollutants floating dubiously ahead.
The project is still a hit among tourists in China. The dam saw a record number of visitors over the National Day holiday, with over 40,000 tourists visiting (the upper limit for a single day) last Thursday. Each year, around 1.8 million tourists come to observe the dam and all the unholiness that flows through it.