China's rush to develop hydropower has seen the construction of over 25,000 dams across the country. With a recent focus on the rivers of the Tibetan Plateau, the environmental and social consequences of such projects in this region are increasingly becoming a source of friction between locals and the authorities.

The town of Heishui, in northern Sichuan Province, is sandwiched between one of China's newest and largest dams and a spectacular glacier, that draws visitors from all...
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