Bailong elevator is all set to fulfil your dream of peeping into the world of avatar…. An investment of $20 million had been infused in the construction of the Bailong Elevator, and had been built in a quartz sandstone cliff face, which had been selected cautiously. The shafts and tunnels were dug through the cliff to accommodate the three glass-faced double-decker elevators. This is also the reason why the elevator was shrouded in controversies. While many felt that the elevator might prove to be damaging to the environment, others were of the opinion that the structure would help to relieve pressure from the already overcrowded mountain trails.
However, now it has become a major crowd puller, and the reasons are quite valid. This elevator enables visitors to see many other areas of the park, which were earlier accessible only by a dangerous mountain road trail, and used to take around three hours to navigate.
Each elevator has the capability of carrying a load of 4900 kg, and can transport around 50 passengers at a time in each car. While the cars will take you to the top in 1 minute and 32 seconds, a free climb to the upper section of the elevator will take 68 min and 26 sec.
If you are keen on a trip to this Avatar-like location, be ready to wait in queues, which might be pretty long depending on the time of year. However, if you want to save a few hours hiking, it is well worth the wait.