In the foothills of the Himalayas, where the ancient Yarlung civilisation established the first Tibetan Empire, China has plans to build the world’s biggest hydroelectric dam.
In November of last year, China’s state-owned media shared plans for a 60-gigawatt mega-dam on the Yarlung Tsangpo river in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR).
“When we would swim in the rivers, we were told to never use it as a bathroom, because there are river gods in the water.”.
The Yarlung Tsangpo is of particular significance, as it represents the body of the goddess Dorje Phagmo, one of the highest incarnations in Tibetan culture.
China took control of Tibet in 1950 and has invested billions in developing highways, railways and other infrastructure.
The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in central China is currently the world’s biggest dam.
While the project in the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon will certainly be the largest, it is not the only dam project along the river. »