The Bailong Elevator
The Bailong elevator is a huge glass outdoor elevator built onto the side of a cliff face in Wulingyuan in China, is travels vertically up to 1070 ft up from the base of the cliff side, it is claimed to be the heaviest and highest outdoor elevator in the world. However there has been quite a bit of controversy regarding the elevator. The Wulingyuan area has been designated as a world heritage site, and a lot of the public have concerns on what effects the elevator will have on the environment surrounding. Building started in 1999 and was finally open to the public in 2002, however. Operations were placed on halt in 2002-2003 due to health and safety issues, not environmental, and in 2015 it was recognised by the Guinness book of world records as the tallest out door lift in the world.
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron tower built in 1887, and is on the Champ de mars in Paris. It is named so after the engineer, Gustave Eiffel, who’s company designed and built the tower. The Eiffel tower has become a target for criticisms since its creation, it was created as the entrance to 1889 The World’s Fair, and his since remained a cultural icon. The tower is roughly around the same height as an 81-storey building and stands at a whopping 1063 feet! The tower is a known location for tourists in Paris, and has three available floors to visit, two of which are restaurants and the top floor is an observation deck, in which you get a breath-taking view of Paris. Did you know that the Eiffel tower is not the tallest manmade construction in France, which is in fact the Millau Viaduct. It took 300 hundred steel workers to make it, 2.5 million rivets and around 40 tons of paint to create the tower we see today.
Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
The Zhangjiajie Glass bridge opened in 2016, and is a true beauty to the human eye, the bridge is in the same area as the Bailong area, however there is something rather scary about this bridge. The bottom of the bridge is made from glass and spans from one side of the canyon to the other, it stands at 853 feet high and 1410 feet long, making it the longest glass bottom bridge in the world. However, after two weeks of opening the bridge closed, as it was built to withstand 800 people a time and 8,000 a day, but it received a large amount of publicity, so they closed the bridge to improve its stability meaning more people could use the bridge! So many people were worried, that a BBC reports from the UK was invited out there to hit one of the glass panels they used with a sledge hammer, after hitting it a dozen times, the first layer of glasses shattered however the bottom two layers remained unscathed!
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