1000ft Up In 88 Seconds- China Built The World’s Highest Outdoor Elevator

For those seeking more excitement, China is the best place for thrill seekers. It have the world’s longest suspension glass-bottom bridge in Lianzhou, an exhilarating 250-meter-high exploration deck on the world’s highest horizontal skyscraper, the world’s largest and scariest swing, the world’s fastest driverless bullet train and now the world’s highest outdoor lift.

World’s Highest Outdoors Lift

An aerial view of elevators that dare tourists to take a literally cliffhanger of a ride to the top of a towering peak in China’s Hunan province. The three double-decker elevators take tourists all the way up, where they can enjoy some breathtaking views of a majestic cliff that inspired the landscape for the blockbuster movie, Avatar.

Stuck on to the side of the cliff face, this lift inspired the landscape of the movie is home to the world’s highest outdoor lift that towers more than 1,000 feet above the ground.


The three double-decker elevators in central China’s Zhangjiajie forest park zip up the cliff in just 88 seconds, a speedy attraction as domestic tourism slowly recovers in China after the coronavirus forced strict travel measures.

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Where does it take tourists?

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.

Tourist Attraction

“One of the main reasons we came is that the site inspired Avatar,” said Qiao Ke, 45, who travelled to the lift with his family. “The film really made an impression on us. And it really is beautiful here.” “Its geological structure is very suited to using elevators as a means of transport, so we made this Bailong Elevator”, explained Liu Jie, the director of the company managing the lift, whose name means “Hundred Dragons.” “Before, there was only a cable car with limited capacity, so tourists had to wait a long time,” Liu added.

Ride Cost

The alternative was to brave a three-hour climb up on foot.

“It’s super-fast,” retiree Jin Shihao told after completing the ride, which costs $19 (129 yuan) for a return ticket.


Around 8,000 tourists take the lift every day. However, numbers are still significantly down from an average of 14,000 before the pandemic.