Chongqing unveiled its contender for the world’s most terrifying tourist attraction yesterday, as it officially opened the Yuanduan glass skywalk to visitors, reports China Radio International.
The occasion was marked by parachuting daredevils and traditionally-robed models sauntering along the platform.
We previously reported on the construction of the petrifying walkway in February, which has now been opened to the public ahead of schedule—something of a miracle given China’s reputation for poor punctuality.
Located at the top of the Longgang National Geological Park, the aptly named Yuanduan (‘at the end of the clouds’) is a world record 26.68 metre long horseshoe-shaped glass walkway which stretches out from the cliff edge 718 metres above the ground.
While we wouldn’t advise venturing from a perilously precipitous peak in the midst of some force majeure, the park’s staff have given safety assurances against an 8.0 magnitude earthquake and level 14 typhoon.
Built to fit 200 people at once (in which case it might resemble this overflowing Shanxi pool), the park has limited capacity to 30 fearless visitors at once, who are allowed a maximum stay of 30 minutes. Entrance to this insane tourist attraction will set you back 60 RMB (US$10).
Transparent glass walkways are certainly in vogue at the moment, with a see-through mountain pathway and an epic 300 metre long drawbridge also making headlines—and visitors’ hearts stop.
By Liam Bourke