The highest outdoor lift in the world rises over 300 meters above the cliffs that inspired the landscape of the blockbuster film "Avatar", and takes brave tourists to breathtaking views.
The three double-decker elevators in central China's Zhangjiajie Forest Park travel up the cliff in just 88 seconds. This is a quick attraction as domestic tourism in China is slowly recovering after the coronavirus imposed strict travel restrictions and lockdowns earlier this year.
It takes tourists to the top of the sandstone cliff that inspired the fictional jungle moon of Pandora – home of the blue-hued Na & # 39; vi – of the 2009 James Cameron hit.
This image, taken on Nov. 13, shows an aerial view of the Bailong or & # 39; Hundred Dragons & # 39; lift. in Zhangjiajie, South China
The three double-decker elevators let Zhangjiajie's famous sandstone pillars, inspiration for Avatar, go up in just 88 seconds
The location is believed to have inspired the Hallelujah, or "floating mountains" on the fictional jungle moon of Pandora in Avatar
"One of the main reasons we came is because the website inspired Avatar," said Qiao Ke, 45, who drove to the elevator with his family.
& # 39; We were really impressed by the film. And it's really nice here. & # 39;
"Its geological structure is very suitable for elevators to be used as a means of transportation, which is why we made this bailong elevator," said Liu Jie, the director of the elevator-managing company, whose name means "Hundred Dragons".
"Previously there was only one cable car with limited capacity, so tourists had to wait a long time," added Liu.
The alternative was to venture a three-hour climb on foot.
"It's super fast," retiree Jin Shihao said after completing the ride to AFP, which costs 129 yuan (£ 15.00) for a return ticket.
The incredible observation elevator, taller than The Shard, can take visitors up a 1,070-foot cliff
The towering structure consists of three separate glass elevators, each of which can carry up to 50 people at a time
According to reports, the 120 million yuan (13.7 million) project is said to be the tallest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world
Around 8,000 tourists take the lift every day. However, the numbers are still significantly lower than the pre-pandemic average of 14,000.
The incredible observation elevator, taller than The Shard, can take visitors up a 362-meter-high cliff in under two minutes.
According to the Chinese state newspaper People & # 39; s Daily Online, the project is considered the tallest and heaviest outdoor lift in the world at 120 million yuan (13.7 million).
In addition, the company has set three Guinness world records: the tallest fully illuminated outdoor elevator in the world, the tallest double-deck sightseeing elevator in the world, and the fastest passenger elevator in the world with the largest lifting capacity.
The structure consists of three separate glass elevators, each of which can carry up to 50 people at a time.
This means up to 1,400 tourists can experience the upset stomach ride, which offers sweeping views over Zhangjiajie's famous sandstone pillars, which some consider to be the inspiration for the Hallelujah, or the “floating mountains” in Avatar.
The world's highest outdoor lift is located in Zhangjiajie Forest Park, China, and takes tourists up to the cliffs that inspired the landscape for the film "Avatar".
There are currently around 8,000 tourists taking the elevator every day, compared to an average of 14,000 before the coronavirus pandemic
Fans of the 2009 James Cameron hit flock to the park to be inspired by the fictional jungle moon of Pandora
Construction of the elevator began in 1999 and ended three years later.
The service was reportedly temporarily suspended for security reasons shortly after it opened.
But the lift reopened in 2003 and now has a cult following of tourists eager to experience one of the most terrifying rides in the world.
Those whose fear of heights prohibits them from taking the elevator can take a two and a half hour walk up the valley instead.
Zhangjiajie, a 3,670 square mile forest park in Hunan Province, also features a dizzying glass-bottomed bridge.
The stunning bridge, which spans a quarter of a mile over a 980 foot deep canyon, was the longest clear walkway in the world when it opened in 2016.
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