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4 Adventurous Escalator Rides

Destination & Tourism | Cherese Weekes | May 12, 2015

4 Adventurous Escalator Rides

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Who says escalator rides can’t be adventurous? In the following five attractions they are more than just moving apparatuses that allow us to rest are feet when traveling up and down, but they stand out with impressive designs which make stepping on an exhilarating experience. So if you think all escalator rides are the same, your mind might change once you are ascending one from the cliffs of China’s largest dam or floating to the top of one of Japan’s tallest skyscrapers.

Japan: Umeda Sky Building’s Escalator

Feeling a bit like a daredevil lately? Then why not hop on an escalator at the Umeda Sky Building for an exhilarating ride. Although we rarely associate the sensation of being whisked away with traveling on one of these mechanical staircases, your mind might change once you are floating up, up, and away from either one of the two highest escalators in the world. Towering over Japan’s landscape at 568 feet, the Umeda Sky Building offers quite the experience for visitors wanting a bird’s-eye-view of the city or a chance to have the world at their feet from the Floating Garden located on the building’s rooftop.

China: New World Daimaru Department Store’s Spiral Staircase

There is more to the New World Daimaru Department Store in Shanghai than the designer fashions speckled throughout the mall, because it has created a great solution for shoppers tired from holding their bags and walking from store to store. Thanks to Mitsubishi Electric, they have designed cutting-edge spiral staircases that are recognized as the longest of their kind in the world, which makes traveling up and down the New World Daimaru Department Store a dizzying, stylish adventure that complements the chic trends found here.

London: Natural History Museum’s Globe Escalator

There is no doubt that the Natural History Museum in London offers a wealth of exhibits, but it also takes visitors on a heavenly journey when they step onto the escalator in the Earth Hall. This is because it boasts a cutting-edge appearance with a metallic globe build over it, which guests are able to glide through on their way to the Red Zone (the upper galleries of the Earth Hall). Surrounded by celestial maps and walls that light up like the stars at night, this is one escalator ride where the sky is the limit.

China: Dragon Escalator

When visiting the Longqing Gorge in China visitors have the option of hopping on the longest outdoor escalator in the world to reach the top. After all, it is quite hard to resist taking this impressive machine for a joyride since it snakes across the jagged mountainsides like a giant bright yellow dragon. And once off the escalator, there are plenty of other adventures in store, which includes bungee jumping and boating along a manmade lake. However, when descending the escalator, visitors will have to put their foot power to good use, since it only goes up.

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