World’s Largest Sightseeing Escalator Now Open in China

Chaitanya Tapase

In China, everything has to be the biggest or fastest. They’ve already got the world’s highest bridges, the largest telescope and also the biggest amphibious seaplane. Now they’ve unveiled the longest sightseeing escalator, stretching for 688 meters (2,257 ft). For reference, the Empire State Building is 1,250 ft in height.

An Infinity Escalator? Not quite.
An Infinity Escalator? Not quite.

Though the escalator is largest for sightseeing purposes, the largest escalator overall is in Hong Kong, measuring a staggering 800 meters. The purpose for that is, however, purely commercial.

What’s it About?

The escalator was made with one basic objective: promote tourism. Located in the Enshi Grand Canyon in Hubei province, the location of this wonder is perfect. The Enshi Grand Canyon is a tourist hub, with several thousand visiting the site every month.

The largest sightseeing escalator | Image: ChinaDaily
The largest sightseeing escalator | Image: ChinaDaily

The team behind the awesome project predicts that the escalator can handle any potential crowd in the area, with an ability to transport 7,300 visitors in an hour. The escalator is projected to carry around 600,000 people per year.

The precise location of the escalator is the Qixingzhai scenic spot, where it begins and follows a “∑” shape along the mountainside. The construction is done using ecologically sustainable materials. Xiong Yan, who is in charge of the project and works at Central-South Architectural Design Institute, explained the choice of materials –

The whole engineering plan focused on ecological protection, which can be seen from the wooden structure and grey tile at the top of the escalator.

The entry fee at the moment has been kept to 20 yuan ($2.98), which will let visitors enjoy the scenic beauty without walking a lot and saving time too.

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What Else is China Upto?

We’re now wondering what other records China is going after. The largest ferrous wheel? The longest gun? The biggest phone, maybe? Err, maybe not. Let us know in the comments what you predict.

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Chaitanya Tapase has varied interests in Technology from Android to Windows to DSLR Photography. On weekends, you'd find him catching up on TV Shows like Game of Thrones and enjoying House Music.