Geography KS2: A child led tour of Sandouping in China

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.

Teacher Notes

This clip can be used during a module on China or energy production.

Students could be asked to note down any aspect of Memgke's life and culture that is similar or different to their own.

They could also be asked to take notes on aspects of energy production associated with hydroelectric power.

Finally, students could be asked to suggest the pros and cons of the use of large dams in comparison to smaller scale projects or other types of energy production.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at Key Stage 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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