Chinese National Park Unveils 475-Foot-Tall Glass Elevators
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If you're afraid of heights, don't look down.
Thanks to a brand new 475-foot-tall glass elevator structure, visitors to China's Tiantangzhai National Park can now access an incredible viewpoint on the side of a vertical cliff stretching more than 3,500 feet above sea level.
Citing Chinese media outlet People's Daily Online, the Daily Mail reported the two completely transparent lifts cost 20 million Yuan ($3.1 million) to construct.
The unique elevators, which are capable of reaching the mountain peak in less than a minute, opened to park visitors on Sept. 1.
Since each elevator can hold up to 18 passengers at a time, the lift is capable of transporting as many as 3,000 park visitors daily. Once at the top of the lift, visitors are able to walk along a fenced-in path that overlooks more than two dozen mountains throughout the park, which is located in China's Hubei province in the central part of the country.
Because the walls, floor and ceiling are see-through, visitors can view the park and capture photos from all angles during their ascent up the mountain face.
While the new addition has largely been met with enthusiasm from locals and others hoping to experience the park from a different perspective, some have criticized the lift, claiming that it takes away from the park's scenery.
That said, travelers suffering from acrophobia are likely to avoid the futuristic lift.
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