The visa process for China is interesting. You have to have your passport taken to one of the Consulates — Calgary serves the Prairies and northern Canada. But, you don’t have to take it yourself — you can entrust your passport along with application etc. to a travel agent that offers the service. Depending on where you live and whether you have any unexpected results (i.e. if it is refused for some reason), this could get to be expensive.
The picture above was taken in 1999 along the river above the Three Gorges Dam — under construction at that time. So, this is no longer visible — it will have been flooded. There were buildings in many places along the cliff walls. If you look carefully towards centre-right, you can see a white fence along the pathway that people presumably used to travel from place to place.