While Bailong is the tallest outdoor lift in the world, AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng Gold Mine in South Africa, opened in 1986 and makes a single descent of 2,283m in three minutes grabs the Guinness World record.
According to Guinness World Records: “It is more than 4.5 times further than those in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. A second elevator then takes miners even lower, to 3,597m. Each day, the lift ferries 4,000 workers down to the mine – 120 workers at a time in three-level steel cages, at speeds of up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour. It first operated in 1986.”