A spectacular set of glass elevators has been installed on the side of a near-vertical cliff standing 3,543 feet above sea level in Tiantangzhai National Park in Central China’s Hubei Province. The two elevators are completely transparent and offer magnificent views of the surrounding 25 mountains in the national park.
Tiantangzhai has been a popular tourist destination for decades. The scenic spot (whose name translates to ‘Heaven Mountains’) is famous for its mountainous scenery and its impressive waterfalls.
The 475-foot-tall lifts that operate at a speed up to 2.5 meters per second take tourists to the peak of the mountain in just 54 seconds. Each elevator can accommodate about 18 people and can transport up to 3,000 visitors per day. Visitors can simply walk on the public footpaths around the mountain after getting out of the transparent glass elevator at the top to enjoy more of scenery. The entire project cost around 20 million Yuan (£2 million) to build. The elevators were opened to the public on September 1, 2015.
Although the scenic view that the new structures offer is incredible, some local people says that these modern lifts do not blend with the natural scenery of the area. However, all others praised the functionality of the structure.