An elevator costing 49 million yuan ($8.09 million) was installed inside Ma’an mountain to make the 272-meter-high (892 feet) peak more accessible to tourists in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Tourists eager to catch a view of downtown Liuzhou can reach the top of looming Ma’an Mountain in just 48 seconds using the new elevator.
The elevator travels 173-meters (568 feet) through the mountain and is capable of carrying 13 passengers. Once atop the mountain passengers are treated to stunning views from a fan-shaped deck. The elevator can hold 30 tourists at one time and a maximum capacity of 1,000 kilograms (2,205 pounds).
The climb has dissuaded most tourists from hiking to the summit of the mountain in the past and the elevator now makes it more convenient, according to Wang Liuqiang, a staffer at Liuzhou Civil Air Defense Office.
The entrance to the elevator, which began construction in 2011, includes a 200 meter-long (656 feet) tunnel into the mountain.
The mountain elevator is the second of its kind in China, the first of which was built in 2009 at the Yuanyang Stream Resort in Pingnan county, Fujian Province and cost 30 million yuan ($4.96 million).