The Three Gorges Dam ship lift is the world’s largest one of its kind. It features an impressive capacity capable of elevating ships up to 3,000 tons along with a volume of water roughly equivalent to four Olympic-sized swimming pools. Its introduction allows passengers to bypass the slow and arduous 5-stage ship locks while experiencing the full scope of China’s engineering prowess.
The ship lift features a ship basin nearly 400-feet long by 60-feet wide and climbs a vertical distance of 370 feet—the height of a 40-story building. Its first operational use took place in September 2016. Observe CCTV footage of the new ship lift below.
Passengers experience the new ship lift on a specially-designed sightseeing boat followed by an insightful tour of the world’s largest hydroelectric dam—another feat of modern engineering. The excursion takes place on day 2 of upstream cruises and on day 4 for passengers sailing downstream. The new feature can be experienced as an optional excursion for CNY 290~295 (about $42~43) per person.