Mapping China’s Dams

The dam above (also available here) is a high resolution, non-interactive map of China’s dams. It is not known whether or not these are hydroelectric dams. The page has a zoom-in/zoom-out facility.

This is more interactive and informative map (in Mandarin) created by China River.
China defines all ‘small dams’ as dams 50MW or smaller. Thomas Hennig, a researcher from Phillips University in Germany, has been busy mapping small dams in western China. This work is not available online, but here is a presentation that Thomas Hennig delivered at the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Tibetan Plateau Blog has posted a great map showing all existing, under construction and planned dams on the Mekong, Salween and Yangtze in the headwaters of these great rivers in the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region.

International Rivers has also developed a map, built on Google Earth. The map shows existing and under construction dams, and those suspected as planned. This includes the little heard of Rumei Dam. The Tibetan Plateau Blog also mentions this dam, and says it will be 300 metres tall making it one of the world’s tallest dams (currently, the world’s tallest dam is the Nurek Dam in Tajikistan at 300 m).