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Li Memgke lives near Sandouping in the shadow of the Three Gorges Dam, very close to the Yangtze River.

Her family had to move here when the dam was built, because their home was in the path of the new construction. The dam was built to protect parts of China from flooding and to harness the Yangtze’s power to generate electricity. It lies in the Gorge area of China, famous for its beautiful peaks and picturesque stretches of river. Many tourists visit to take cruises up and down the Yangtze and through the gorges. The river is also an important transportation route for ships carrying cargo across China.

Memgke lives with her grandparents, as both her parents have had to travel away for work. They spend the whole year working in Guangdong province, over a 20-hour drive away. Li Memgke is preparing for their return so that the whole family can celebrate Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) together. She goes into town with her grandfather to buy Chinese lanterns, decorations and fireworks, and explains that red is the traditional colour for this celebration. Once home, they prepare a Chinese feast and collect vegetables from their vegetable patch on the slopes of the hills near their house. The food is traditional and there are many dishes. When her parents arrive, they sit down together and eat, then let off Chinese firecrackers and watch the spectacular firework displays from the roof of their house.
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30 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

Children could consider the similarities and differences between their own town and Sandouping in the shadow of the Three Gorges Dam, very close to the Yangtze river. The children could present this information in a Venn diagram or as part of a report. Using research from the internet, the children could write a discussion report about the positive and negative impact of the building of the Three Gorges Dam. Using the clip as a stimulus, the children could complete further research on the traditions and customs of the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) and compare these to festivals the children participate in themselves.

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