Lonely Planet Writer

See the beauty of China from the world’s longest sightseeing escalator

Generally, the prospect of an escalator ride is hardly exciting, but China has introduced the world’s longest sightseeing escalator that will take tourists on a journey with an incredible view.

An aerial view of the world's longest sightseeing escalator in the Enshi Grand Canyon in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, central China's Hubei province, 3 October 2016.
An aerial view of the world’s longest sightseeing escalator. Image by ImagineChina

The escalator is located in the Enshi Grand Canyon in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, in central China’s Hubei province. It opened last week during the country’s Golden Week celebrations, reports the People’s Daily.

Tourists take the world's longest sightseeing escalator in the Enshi Grand Canyon in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, central China's Hubei province, 3 October 2016.
Tourists take the escalator. Image by ImagineChina

The 688-metre escalator actually winds its way up the mountain at the Qixingzhai scenic spot, giving visitors an incredible view of the scenery, as the Enshi Grand Canyon is a lush area with deep river valleys and mountains.

Tourists take the world's longest sightseeing escalator in the Enshi Grand Canyon in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, central China's Hubei province, 3 October 2016.
Tourists take the escalator. Image by ImagineChina

The escalator can transport about 7000 people per hour and is anticipated to carry about 600,000 people per year.

Enshi Grand Canyon.
Enshi Grand Canyon. Image by Sino Images/Getty Images

China has recently seen the introduction of a number of new attractions, and the one that has probably received the most attention is the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge in Hunan province.  The structure, hovering 300-metres over the ground, allows tourists to look down at the drop below.