Chinese tourist destination that inspired Avatar has the highest outdoor lift in the world

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Three double-decker elevators in Zhangjiajie Forest Park, China, travel up the cliff in just 88 seconds

Zhangjiajie, China:

The highest outdoor lift in the world rises over 300 meters above the cliffs that inspired the landscape for the blockbuster film “Avatar”, and takes brave tourists to breathtaking views.

The three double-decker elevators in central China’s Zhangjiajie Forest Park travel up the cliff in just 88 seconds. This is a quick attraction as domestic tourism in China is slowly recovering after the coronavirus imposed strict travel restrictions and lockdowns earlier this year.

It takes tourists to the top of the sandstone cliff that inspired the fictional jungle moon of Pandora – home of the blue-hued Na’vi – of the 2009 James Cameron hit.

“One of the main reasons we came is because the website inspired Avatar,” said Qiao Ke, 45, who drove to the elevator with his family.

“The film really impressed us. And here it is really beautiful.”

“The geological structure is very suitable for elevators to be used as a means of transportation, which is why we made this bailong elevator,” said Liu Jie, the director of the company that manages the elevator, whose name means “Hundred Dragons”.

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“There used to be only one cable car with limited capacity, so tourists had to wait a long time,” added Liu.

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

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

Around 8,000 tourists take the lift every day. However, the numbers are still significantly lower than the pre-pandemic average of 14,000.

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