THE BAILONG ELEVATOR, located in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China, is officially the tallest outdoor lift or elevator in the world, according to Guinness World Records. The park is famous for the spectacular sandstone pillars that rise up from the forest floor. The Bailong Elevator (meaning the Hundred Dragons Elevator) has a total height of 326 meters. 154 meters of the elevator's total height is sighted in mountain walls with the rest of the 172 meters exposed steel derrick and other components. The three elevators running in parallel, are fully glazed allowing visitors to get wonderful panoramic views of the outstanding beauty of the region.
Construction began in 1999 and, after an investment of about $20 million, the Bailong Elevator opened to the public in 2002. Following a speed upgrade in 2015, the cars now make the ascent in just one minute and 32 seconds. And, incidentally, it takes 68 minutes and 26 seconds to free-climb the upper exposed section of the elevator. Each elevator has a carrying capacity of 4,900 kilograms, with 50 passengers traveling in each car. All of which means that the Bailong Elevator is not only the world’s tallest outdoor elevator, but also the world’s tallest double-deck sightseeing elevator and the world’s fastest passenger traffic elevator with the biggest carrying capacity.
visitors can now come to the park as a day trip, they just have to queue up for a one-and-a-half-minute elevator ride. With tourists no longer needing to stay overnight, many hotels and guesthouses have been removed, so it helps to effectively protect the environment.