Pinglu Canal, China’s first man-made waterway after the Grand Canal, is expected to complete in 2026.

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The Pinglu Canal, one of the major projects of China’s new western land-sea corridor that is currently under construction in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, will feature the world’s largest inland water-saving ship lock.

A lock is a device used for raising and lowering boats, ships, and other watercraft between stretches of water of different levels on river and canal waterways.

The ship lock is being built at Madao Junction. Its main body covers 185,000 square meters, with a total casting volume of 3.5 million cubic meters.

As a boat enters the lock chamber, instead of being drained downstream, the water will be sent to a water storage chamber for lifting the ship. In this way, it is expected to save around 60 percent of water compared to a typical ship lock.  

According to the cgtn