Farming, Fishing and Coal

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This post is a selection of ‘rural’ shots taken during our cruise upriver from the Three Gorges Dam to Chongqing.

Fishing weirs (above shot and below) had a wheel which reminded me of a spinning wheel:

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Hillsides were steep and some were terraced for farming, though this was not a common sight.  Agricultural land now flooded would have been much more productive and easy to work.  Do these retaining walls really work?  Only time will tell; there have already been major landslides in the three gorges.

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Coal was delivered and stored at waterside and hauled up steep hills and over mountains.  It would have been a lot easier before the dam.

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Temples or shrines were also seen.

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And construction work took place on steep slopes.

Note the switchback trail leading up over the pass and the pack horse at the first turn at the lower right.

Note the switchback trail leading up over the pass and the pack horses at the first turn at the lower right.

A closer view of the previous scene.  Workers finish a retaining wall above the dock and packhorses round the first bend of the switchback road.

A closer view of the previous scene. Workers finish a retaining wall above the dock and packhorses round the first bend of the switchback road.

Next post: Gorgeous gorges

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One comment on “Farming, Fishing and Coal

  1. Those steep slopes look so beautiful. Treacherous but beautiful.

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