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The water level will be maintained at 175 meters for about two months and then be allowed to drop. In the future, the water level will be kept at between 145 meters and 175 meters, depending on flood control needs.
China Development Bank (CDB) will offer China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC) more than $11 billion in financial support over the next five years, said the bank on Wednesday.
Water rose to the maximum level at the Three Gorges Dam on Tuesday, driving electricity output to capacity at the world's largest hydropower plant for the first time since it began operating two years ago, its operator said.
From the perspective of Yichang, the city where the hydroelectric project is located, the answer is clear: it has changed completely.
Questions linger about the effect on major lakes downstream
There is a load of tourists expected to come and get a look at the scenes around the Three Gorges Dam and business is already booming.
The water level at the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest water control and utilization project, reached its designed full capacity mark Tuesday.
The waters behind the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydro-electric project, are expected to reach their maximum level by the end of the month.