China's Yellow River carries more silt per unit of flow than any other big river in the world. But silt gums up hydroelectric dams, which is why once a year, in late June or early July, the floodgates of the Xiaolangdi Dam on the Yellow River (near the Silk Road city of Luoyang) are opened to release 30 tons of silt downstream. The photo below shows people turning out to watch this dramatic annual event.
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