World's longest glass skywalk opens in China
The world's longest glass-bottomed cantilever skywalk has been opened to tourists at the Longgang National Geological Park, Chongqing, China. The stunning walkway stretches an impressive 26.64 m (87.4 ft) into thin air, offering a breathtaking vista of the landscape.
Built atop a cliff edge at the dizzying altitude of 1,010 m (3,314 ft), the walkway cost the Chinese government 35 million yuan (US$5.6 million) to construct and is a full 5 m (16 ft) longer than the iconic Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona.
The result is an impressive venue for tourists hoping to observe the breathtaking natural beauty that the national park has to offer, while battling bouts of vertigo and anxiety as they contemplate the 718 m (2,356 ft) drop to the rocks below.
Terror-inducing walkways such as this appear to be a rising trend in China. April 2015 saw the reopening of the Tianmenshan crystal glass skywalk in Zhangjiajie, following a period of maintenance. While the mountainside path is undoubtedly a majestic piece of architecture, it's geared solely toward the more thrill seeking, daredevil tourists among us.
However, this newest addition simply operates on another level. The apparent lack of any support afforded by the cantilevered approach adopted in the construction of the skywalk is sure to put China in the running for the most terrifying tourist attraction of all time (until Jurassic Park is realized).