China’s Most Popular Glass Walkways and Glass Bridges
- On March 21, 2018
- By Monica Guan
- In Places to visit
In recent years, China has been opening more and more glass bottom tourist attractions, with each beating the next for world records. And the internet has been flooded with photos of terrified tourists being dragged across them. Here are the 4 of the most famous ones that you need to visit!
#1 Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
In China, Zhangjiajie probably has the most dangerous and adrenaline inducing tourist activities. Opened earlier this month in the Zhangjiajie grand canyon national park. This suspension bridge stretches 430m across two steep cliffs and has a drop of over 300 meters. Which may not sound that high, but in comparison, the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the US is just 21 meters in length and is 219 meters above the canyon floor.
The bridge also offers the world’s highest bungee jump, taking the crown from the Macau Tower which is at 233 meters. If you’re looking for more adventures, in the park you can also take a ride in a 1070-feet-long glass elevator. Built into the side of a cliff overlooking the Zhangjiajie mountains, the elevator is the world’s tallest exposed elevator, the world’s tallest double-deck sightseeing elevator and the world’s fastest passenger elevator with biggest carrying capacity.
#2 Tianmen Mountain Glass Skywalk
Also located in Zhangjiajie, the Tianmen mountains are considered one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. After taking the world’s longest cable car, which takes over 30 minutes along 7 kilometers you will arrive at the mountain top. Here you will find the original glass skywalk, which is called “the walk of faith”, it hangs 4600 feet high at the side of the cliff and is definitely not for the faint-hearted. On a clear day, it could be quite terrifying as you can see thousands of feet below, but since it’s a mountains region foggy days are common. So make sure you check the weather before your head up to get the full experience. There is also a new glass skywalk that just opened this past August 1 and offers a different view of the Tianmen Mountains. It’s been named the “Coiling Dragon Skywalk”, and offers a view over the 99 bends road. Besides the glass walk, other attractions on the Tianmen mountains include the heaven’s door or the stairway to heaven, the 99 bends road, and the cliff-hanging walkway.
#3 Shiniuzhai Geopark Glass Bridge
Located in Hunan, the Shiniuzhai glass bridge is located in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park. It’s one of the 3 main attractions at the park. The bridge is called the Brave men’s bridge and is a 300-meter-long suspension bridge that hangs 180 meters above the ground. The bridge was originally made of wood and linking the 2 peaks of the stone Buddha mountain but was replaced with a glass bottom in 2014. People are now referring to it as the hero bridge instead of brave men’s bridge. It was the longest glass bridge in the world until recently, the Zhangjiajie glass bridge dethroned it. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can also walk along the ten-mile cliff, which is a man-made plank structure build along the side of a cliff as a walking path and take a ride down Asia’s longest zip line. You can also get married here, suspended under the bridge like this Chinese couple.
#4 Yuntai Mountain Glass Walkway
Located near Jiaozuo City, Henan Province. The Yuntai Mountain is a UNESCO world Heritage site and a popular scenic area. The glass walkway is located at the peak of the Yuntai mountain, which is 3540 foot high. However, there was controversy earlier this year as one of the panels cracked under visitors feet. No one was harmed since the walkway consists of several layers of 2.7cm glass, but it was quite a shock to visitors and it has been closed for repairs.
Since the incident with the Yuntai mountain glass walkway, there had been questions raised regarding the safety of these bridges that are suspended thousands of feet above the ground. However, in the recent grand opening of the Zhangjiajie glass bridge, they put it to the test by having several tourist smash sledgehammers into the glass and drive a Volvo SUV with 11 passengers over it. Although the glass did crack it still proved to hold the weight of the car as the bridge consist of 3 layers of glass, each 0.6 inches thick.
Which of these glass tourist attractions are you brave enough to step on?
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