The world’s largest elevator opened just last weekend to carry ships up and down the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in central China. Previously, ships could only surmount the dam by using a system of five locks, which took hours. Now they can just be lifted up or down, water and all, in just 40 minutes!
The dam is 600 feet tall, and the elevator can life up to 6.7 million pounds. You can read more about the elevator and its specs at the YouTube page. -via mental_floss