Bailong elevator is the tallest outdoor elevator in the world at 1,070 feet. It is located on the side of a cliff in Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie, China. The glass lift, which is also called the Hundred Dragons Elevator, can carry up to 50 tourists per ride and travels at 3 meters per second.
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When you ride the glass lift, you’ll have the opportunity to see this breathtaking scenic mountain view. Since the place is a popular tourist destination, one of the place’s problem is tourist traffic. So visitors who are afraid to ride or can’t wait for the magnificent elevator have a choice to walk for two and a half hours instead.
No doubt this is the tallest outdoor elevator out there. I can only imagine the challenges the elevator maintenance personnel must face in doing his job.
The lift was constructed in 1999 and cost about 120 million yuan or over 17 million US dollars. It was opened to the public in 2002. However, it was temporarily shut down the following year due to safety concerns.
There used to be hotels and other accommodation amenities in the area, but the government got rid of them all because it will only attract more tourists, which is already hurting the environment.
The world’s tallest elevator, which is in the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is twice the height of Bailong at 2,165 feet or 660 meters and will travel at 32 feet per second. It’s slated to open in two years’ time.
There’s nothing wrong with riding elevators. In fact, it’s convenient, right? But if it’s only a few floors high, it would probably be better if you just take the stairs or escalators. The image above shows the people in China in a horrific elevator-related accident.
The guy tried to destroy the elevator door, and he went straight down it. Luckily, he survived.