Bailong Elevator in China holds the record of being the world’s tallest outdoor elevator or lift and finds a remark in the Guinness Book of World Records. Even Though it had, its share of controversies initially, this architectural wonder standing at a height of 1070 ft tall absolutely deserves a visit.
Situated in the picturesque Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the Bailong Elevator is also known as the Hundred Dragons Elevator. What makes this elevator a must-visit is not only its elevation, but also the backdrop that is formed of magnificent sandstone pillars. The flight starts from the forest bed, before taking you to reach its highest height, passing through the sandstone pillars. The flight will carry you to the wonderful floating Hallelujah Mountains of Pandora that you might have viewed in the famous movie Avatar.
An investment of $20 million had been infused in the creation of the Bailong Elevator and had been built in a quartz sandstone cliff face, which had been picked cautiously. The shafts and tunnels were dug through the cliff to hold the three glass-faced double-decker elevators. This is also the reason why the elevator was covered in controversies. While many felt that the elevator might turn out to be damaging to the environment, others were of the opinion that the structure would help to reduce pressure from the already overloaded mountain trails.
However, now it has become a main crowd puller, and the reasons are pretty valid. This elevator allows visitors to see many other areas of the park, which were earlier available only by a dangerous mountain road trail and used to take around three hours to pass through.
Each elevator has the capacity of carrying a load of 4,900 kg, and can transport around 50 passengers at a time in each car. While the cars will take you to the top in 1 minute and 32 seconds, a free climb to the upper section of the elevator will take 68 min and 26 sec.
If you are eager on a trip to this Avatar-like site, be ready to wait in lines, which might be pretty long varying on the time of year. However, if you want to save a few hours hiking, it is well worth the wait.