Bailong Elevator

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The Bailong Elevator

The Bailong Elevator (Chinese: 百龙) (literally Hundred Dragons Elevator) is a glass elevator built onto the side of a huge cliff in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangjiajie, China that is 1,070 feet (330 m) high.[1] [2][3] It is claimed to be the highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world.[3] Construction of the elevator began in October 1999, and it was opened to the public by 2002.[3] The environmental effects of the elevator have been a subject of debate and controversy, as the Wulingyan area was designated a World Heritage Site in 2002.[3][4] Operations were stopped for 10 months in 2002-2003, reportedly due to safety concerns, not environmental ones.[5]

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  1. ^ (17 October 2007). Peak attractions, China Daily
  2. ^ Frommer's China, p. 753 (2010)
  3. ^ a b c d (17 October 2002). Construction in Scenic Spots: Protection or Destruction?, Beijing Review
  4. ^ Han, Feng. Cross cultural confusion: Application of World Heritage Concepts in Scenic and Historic Interest Areas in China, in The wilderness debate rages on: continuing the great new wilderness debate (Michael P. Nelson & J. Baird Callicott, eds.), at p.261 (2008)
  5. ^ (6 September 2003). Sightseeing elevators restart at world heritage site, China Daily

Coordinates: 29°21′05″N 110°27′41″E / 29.3515°N 110.4615°E / 29.3515; 110.4615