If you are dizzy and have trouble looking over a bridge, then the topic we are going to discuss today may give you some cold sweat. Bailong Elevator is the world’s largest outdoor lift.
Built on a cliff in Wulingyuan National Park, this incredible 326-meter-high lift offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. It allows visitors to have a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire park as it ascends.
Zhangjiajie Park is a real treasure of nature. More than 300 million years ago, this massif was still buried under the ocean. Erosion has, over time, made it appear. Today, there are 3,000 karst peaks that stand proudly in the sky. The biodiversity is impressive. Plant varieties and some animals present in Zhangjiajie are endangered. The authorities are trying, despite tourism, to preserve the environment in this unique ecosystem.
In the middle of this wild space, everything has been arranged for tourism. Visitors have time to enjoy into the park: the ticket is valid for four days. Free shuttles on the site ensure the transfers between each major point. The Bailong Elevator the most aerial lift who has a great success. No wonder: you can reach the top in one minute, compared to more than two hours on foot.
A lift 326 meters high for a breathtaking view of the nature park
And beyond its vertiginous dimensions, this elevator is particularly fast. It will take you no more than 1 minute 32 to cover the entire Guinness World Records award-winning building. Its construction began in October 1999 but was not opened to the public until 2002 (as you can imagine, many technical tests were necessary to ensure the safety of visitors). On July 16, 2015, Guinness World Records officially recognized it as the tallest outdoor elevator on the planet.
Susceptible souls abstain: the rise causes vertigo, nausea and cold sweats. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the majestic Hunan Mountains.
Built with an investment of 120 million, the Bailong lift has a height of 330 m. It is able to accommodate 50 people each trip, 1,380 per hour. On foot, from base to summit, the trip takes two and a half hours, but thanks to this elevator, it takes only one minute to reach the summit. By taking the elevator, tourists can admire the panorama of this site and its extraordinary relief.
Comments on the construction of this elevator remain shared. Its supporters believe that the elevator’s great capacity makes it possible to reduce the overload of the tourist site. But this point of view is criticized by critics who find that the Zhangjiajie site, which welcomes 5 million tourists each year, has reached its limit.
We must not attract more consumers. According to environmentalists, the elevator cannot be in a World Heritage reserve.
For the record, Wulingyuan National Park served as inspiration for the filming of the movie Avatar. A jewel of architecture, perfect mix between modernity and Nature, which offers us an absolutely impregnable view.
Higher than the Eiffel Tower, the Bailong lift has earned its place in this majestic setting and has been the world’s tallest outdoor elevator since 2015, according to the Guinness Book of Records. If you are passing through the area, take the opportunity to try this unusual attraction and admire from above the beauty of Zhangjiajie Park.