The most fascinating elevators in the world

Are you that kind of person who never prefers stairs to elevators? Do you love that feeling in stomach when you are going up? Then you should put these elevators on your list, you will have the most thrilling rides of your life!

The Bailong elevator in Hunan, China

The Bailong Elevator, China - highest outdoor elevator in the world
The Bailong elevator

This glass elevator located in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park rises nearly 1070 foot up a sheer cliff and it serves for a scenic overlooking down the valley below. The ride takes 2 minutes and  it is considered to be highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world. However the future of this elevator is uncertain as it causes the environmental issues.

The Gateaway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

The Gateway Arch -  the world's tallest arch
Gateaway Arch

If you go to the top of Arch, you will sit in egg-shaped compartment containing five seats and a flat floor. This 630 foot high elevator is clad with stainless steel and it is the world’s tallest arch. A trip to the top takes 4 minutes.

Egg-shaped compartment seating

The Falkirk Wheel in Falkirk, Scotland

Boarding an elevator in a boat? Not impossible! This rotating boat lift connects sides of canals, Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. There is a 79 foot difference in height of two canals at the wheel.

The Falkirk Wheel - an elevator ride for boats
The Falkirk Wheel

Aquadom in Berlin, Germany

This Aquadom is 82 foot tall cylindrical acrylic glass aquarium with a transparent elevator inside of it. It resides in the lobby of Berlin’s Radisson Blu Hotel. There is hundred different species in a tank that holds million liter of water and it is the largest cylindrical tank aquarium in the world.

AquaDom, Berlin - take an elevator ride from within an aquarium

Hammetschwand Lift near Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

The Hammetschwand Lift, Switzerland

It is 499 foot tall and it is considered to be the tallest exterior elevators in Europe. It can carry 8 passengers and whisk them up in less than one minute. And that vies is just wonderful!

The Hammetschwand Lift, Switzerland - The highest exterior elevator in Europe
Hammetschwand Lift

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How To Survive an Elevator Crash


We all have that one advice giver in our lives that feels like they know it all. And I am sure it’s from them you heard the following so-called facts:

Myth #1: Jump before impact


Resist the temptation to remain standing and jump at the end of the fall to save yourself. This mythical advice is unfounded and defies basic laws of physics. To begin with, it would be almost impossible to remain standing in a plummeting elevator and even more difficult to plan a jump that perfectly corresponds with the elevator hitting the bottom of the shaft. The elevator floor is the safest place to be – lie face down and spread your weight evenly.

Myth #2: Attempt Escape


Ignore everything you’ve seen in the movies. Attempting to open elevator doors or to crawl into the shaft will drastically increase the extent of your injuries and your chance of dying. Most elevator-related injuries and fatalities happen to construction or maintenance workers, followed by people who fall down shafts or are crushed after being caught in elevator doors or between floors.


These fears derive from the old style elevators. Modern elevators incorporate safety features to help prevent fatal falls. Traction elevators, which move cars up and down using steel cables, pulleys and counterweights, have a speed-sensing governor. If the car zips downward too quickly, the governor activates brakes on the elevator’s travel rails.

brushed steeel

Shanghai Metal manufactures value added the hot rolled steel strips used in the manufacture of the new safer elevators, and are high quality to avoid such occurrences.  To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.

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