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  • Bailong Elevator

    Bailong ElevatorBailong Elevator

    The Bailong Elevator is not for everyone, especially if you suffer from acrophobia. Also known as the Hundred Dragons Elevator, it claims to be the highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world. The glass lift climbs 1070 ft up the side of a massive sandstone column in a mountain range in China's Hunan Province. It carries 48 people at a time, 1,380 people an hour, and reaches the top in just under two minutes. The Bailong elevator has a cult following of tourists eager to ride the lift with terrifying, sheer drop views down to the bottom of the rocky mountain range in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangijiajie. Those reluctant to take the lift can walk two-and-a-half hours up the valley to see the breath-taking views of the area's quartzite sandstone pillars.

    Work began on the lift in 1999. The elevator opened to the public in 2002. The project cost approximately 120m yuan, or around 19 million.

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