Reservoir opens floodgates in annual China spectacle

Tourists look on as the Xiaolangdi Reservoir in Luoyang, central China's Henan Province, discharges water at a rate of 2,600 cubic metres per second.

Tourists look on as the reservoir is used to dislodge a build-up of sediment in the Yellow River. Credit: REUTERS/China Daily

The annual process takes place to clear up sediment that has collected in the Yellow River - the country's second largest waterway - with the speeding currents carrying tons of sand into the sea. Each year the river bed rises as silt deposits build up, which slows the water flow.

Water is pumped at the rate of 2,600 cubic metres per second as part of the annual spectacle. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer