Book One Photographs: Yichang and Three Gorges Dam in China


I didn't wear this to Yichang or up the Yangtze. This was taken at Leshan in Chengdu in 2007
I didn’t wear this to Yichang or up the Yangtze. This was taken at Leshan in Chengdu in 2007

Earlier this year, I finally managed to publish a PDF Book about my life in China. You can read why I published it as such rather than get a publisher to publish it in hardcopy.

I was in fact reminded in an email today Dec 17th 2016, of the extraordinary lengths to which these so called ‘self-publishing companies’ (who are nothing but fronts for ‘Author Solutions’ Publishing House in the USA) will go to extract money from would-be authors.¹

When my book ‘Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story’ was published, I began work on collating all the travel stories and interesting events from particular places (irrespective of when I was there) into a series of books that are part travelogue but which broaden the field of my life’s experiences in China – something that I could not do in the first book because it would have been too big.

In Book One of those travel adventures, I talk about a number of different times I traveled to Yichang in Hubei Province – the starting point for a trip up the Three Gorge Dam. On this page today, I have collated from the  articles listed below, a few photographs which I have tried to present sequentially as a trip from Yichang up to Sanxia. Each has a little commentary which might only make sense if you actually read the articles or eventually buy the book.

I hope you enjoy this presentation.

Original stories from which these photographs are derived are:

Daily Life in China Part 23 YiChang’s Three Gorges 2004
Revisiting YiChang – Three Gorges Dam Project 2006
Photographs of YiChang – Three Gorges Dam

Yichang City on the Yangtze River


This is the modern day stereotypical vision of China at Yichang on the Yangtze River.


The Yiling Yangtze Bridge on the left and on the right one view from the bridge of the landscaped gardens and parks. For me the significance is that between the two dates a lot of work had been done to convert the riverfront into an attractive place.


This is the photograph which conjures up for me childhood visions of China. Perhaps not the greatest photo but when I look at the river and the mountain ranges behind, it gives me a good feeling which I guess is ‘love’ for this ancient country.


I really like the color in this photo and I think that the scene captured is also iconic China.


Another beautiful perspective of the River and hills in the background at Yichang


Small and hazy, these photos were taken on the return trip into Yichang and show the boats and if you can see it – the Bridge.


You can find other photos of this section of the river in the article pages listed at the top of this page. We are looking at a Red Catholic Church on the other side of the road and behind the Buddhist Pagoda on the banks of the Yangtze at Yichang. It was while walking down to the water’s edge to take a photo of the Pagoda that I encountered the first of three sets of naked swimmers.


The Three Gorge Dam Locks


This is what it is like to be on a boat inside a lock. With the gates open at the other end it is apparent that we have descended. You can judge for yourself how far the water level has dropped.


The Three Gorge Dam locks – given their length and width – can fit quite a number of vessels.


As if China isn’t crowded enough as it is.


Ascending to the heavens


There are five different locks here. The sixth is closer to Yichang. The hill on the left has a tourist lookout over the dam.


Here you see a model of the project. The photo was taken in the tourist center by the lookout.


Here is a photograph taken from the tourist center showing part of the area in the model above. Take a look at that background.


These four photos are about water color. Top Left show water color in the first leg of the trip. Top Right and Bottom Left in the Middle Leg and Bottom Right in the Last section


The Third Leg of the trip was made in the little boat in the photo before this (Bottom Right). In this photo top right is the boat we did the second leg in. It is like the boats in the photo below. The bottom right frame shows the change over point from third to second leg of the trip. The big boat top right is for people who pay a lot of money – not us. They wouldn’t stop the boat long enough for me to get off an take a photo of the boat on the first leg. The bottom left boat was just pretty and I needed four photos for this spot.


Three boats racing each other back down river in the Middle Section. It was around here that kids were swimming.


These photos come from “Photographs of YiChang – Three Gorges Dam” and show some of the scenery. There are lots more photographs in the additional photo file mentioned above. The bottom right photo is of a farm house on the side of the mountain. These mountains are really high up and the water is very deep. So many ancient villages are now under water. Many still remain – which is incredible considering how high up they are.


This photo comes from “Daily Life in China Part 23” and just shows some of the people I spoke with on board. That article also has photos not shown on this page.

‘Finding Myself in China’ which is the first book to be published is not a travelogue, but in time I will publish three to four books which tell the stories of my various trips. They are not however going to be told in flowery literary language to excite those whose heads are locate further south than their navels, but the stories will prove interesting to normal people.

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¹ I met last July with an author who told me that she had handed over AUD$20,000 to her particular shop front publisher, and as we discussed publishing, she admitted that she did not know that when her books are sold online by companies other than the shop front publisher she organized the book through, that Online booksellers take 60% of her royalties. The same also applies when an author’s book is sold in an ordinary on the street bookshop. The email I received today indicates that she is in hiding from the publishers who are pressuring her to pay even more money so that she can successfully sell her book. The general public has no idea what really goes on behind the publishing scene.

Author: R.P. BenDedek

R.P. BenDedek was born in 1953 and grew up in Brisbane Australia. 2003 to 2017 he has been teaching in The People's Republic of China. Along with photographic stories from China he has been writing social and political commentaries since 2004. He was the temporary editor of Magic City Morning Star from 2009 - 2016 and currently has a column at He is the author of a chronological history of ancient Israel titled 'the King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' and author of 'Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story.' He is divorced; has 5 children and 16 grandchildren. He is a 4th generation Australian from a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse family. He has no time for Sociopathic Ideologues or Useful Idiots.

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