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The dizzying outdoor elevator built at the side of a mountain

In this video, we catch a glimpse of China’s Bailong Elevator – officially the ‘Hundred Dragon Tourism Elevator’ – the highest outdoor lift constructed, which can be found in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan Province.

The elevator ascends 326m in under two minutes, and was built over 1999-2002, earning a Guinness World Record accolade for its travelling speed and height in 2015, able to carry 1,380 passengers per hour.

The elevator was built to help lessen damage to the Park’s mountain trails, reducing the need to ride a far slower bus/cable-car up to Tianzi Mountain or hike for hours up Hallelujah Mountain.

Once at the top of the Elevator, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of Hallelujah Mountain, a stand-alone peak that was the inspiration for the floating mountains of Pandora in James Cameron’s hit film ‘Avatar’.

While the area is located in an earthquake zone, laser systems and escape tunnels keep visitors safe from the danger posed by quakes.

View the original video here.

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