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Friday, 5 August 2016

Checkout this Another Vertigo-Inducing Glass Walkway in China

 How are you with heights?


This vertigo-inducing, glass-bottomed walkway snakes around a peak on the Tianmen Mountain – and looks equal parts terrifying and thrilling. 

Suspended several hundred feet off the ground, and above the lush forests of the Chinese national park, the pathway has just been unveiled. 

Previously made from wooden planks and a metal frame, the new design is made from glass – with views all the way down.
 The walkway is in the Tianmen Mountain National Park (CEN)

It has been installed in Zhangjiajie, a city famous for its beautiful karst landscapes in Central China’s Henan Province.

The structure is just 1.6 metres (five foot) wide – meaning you’re never far from the edge. It stretches to 100 metres (328 feet) in length. 

It is the third runway to be converted into glass on Tianmen Mountain, which peaks at 1,518 metres. 
 The original path was made from wood (CEN)

The pathway has been dubbed the “Coiling Dragon Cliff” because of the way it twists and turns together with the uneven surface of the cliff it is attached to. 

Visitors, who have already been putting the glass walkway to the test since its recent opening, are offered a spectacular view of the “Tianmen Tongtian Avenue” from above.               
 The area inspired the film Avatar (CEN)

The road reportedly features 99 turns through extremely mountainous landscapes and is known in China has the “first motorway of wonders”. 

But tourists in Zhangjiajie who wish to view a grander attraction are spoilt for choice, as a trip to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012 – will allow them to walk on the world’s longest glass-bottom bridge. 
 The mountain’s highest peak is 1,518 metres (CEN)

It is also the inspiration behind the floating Hallelujah Mountains in James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi hit Avatar. 

The stunning 430-metre (1,410-foot) long, six-metre (19-foot) wide former wooden bridge was converted and fitted with reinforced glass panels, each able to handle the weight of several dozen tourists at once. 

It has been dubbed the Coiling Dragon Cliff (CEN)

It opened earlier this year in May and has been a hit ever since, especially because it spans two sheer cliffs and hovers over a canyon 300 metres (984 feet) above ground – enough to weaken the knees of even the most seasoned adventurers.

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