World's highest outdoor elevator zips tourists up China's Avatar cliff



Slide 1 of 9: Towering more than 1,000 feet up the cliff face that inspired the landscape of the blockbuster movie 'Avatar', the world's highest outdoor elevator whisks brave tourists to breath-taking views. It delivers tourists to the top of the sandstone rock face that inspired the fictional jungle moon of Pandora -- home to the blue-hued Na'vi people -- of the 2009 James Cameron smash hit.
Slide 2 of 9: The three double-decker elevators zip up central China's Zhangjiajie Forest Park's renowned sandstone pillars, inspiration for Avatar, in just 88 seconds. Construction of the lift began in 1999 and finished three years later. Service was reportedly halted temporarily due to safety concerns shortly after its opening. But the lift reopened in 2003 and now has a cult following from tourists keen to experience one of the most terrifying rides in the world.
Slide 3 of 9: The site is believed to have inspired the Hallelujah or 'floating mountains' on the fictional jungle moon of Pandora in Avatar.
Slide 4 of 9: The incredible observation lift, which is taller than The Shard, can transport visitors to the top of a 1,070-foot-tall cliff.

Slide 5 of 9: The towering structure is composed of three separate glass elevators, each of which can carry up to 50 people at a time.
Slide 6 of 9: According to reports, the 120million yuan ($18.2million) project claims to be the highest and heaviest outdoor lift in the world. To top that, it has set three Guinness World Records: the world's tallest full-exposure outdoor lift, the world's tallest double-deck sightseeing lift and the world's fastest passenger lift with biggest carrying capacity.
Slide 7 of 9: Located in China's Zhangjiajie Forest Park, the world's highest outdoor lift carries tourists up the cliff face that inspired the landscape for the movie 'Avatar'. The Zhangjiajie, a 3,670-square-mile forest park in Hunan Province, also has a vertigo-inducing glass-bottomed bridge. The breath-taking bridge, which stretches a quarter-of-a-mile above a 980-foot-deep canyon, was the longest see-through walkway in the world when it opened in 2016.
Slide 8 of 9: Around 8,000 tourists are taking the lift every day now, compared to an average of 14,000 before the coronavirus pandemic. Those whose fear of heights prohibits them from taking the lift can instead take a two-and-a-half-hour walk up the valley.
Slide 9 of 9: Fans of the 2009 James Cameron smash hit flock to the park to see the inspiration of the fictional jungle moon of Pandora.
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