Aug 05, 2016
The Coiling Dragon Cliff skywalk, a new walkway snaking around Tianmen Mountain, has opened in China’s Hunan province.
China’s national obsession with incredibly vertiginous structures continues with the opening of this Tianmen Mountain-set walkway. As if a skywalk with a 300-metre drop snaking 100 metres around the edge of a mountain wasn’t terrifying enough, they’ve gone and made it out of glass. Behold.
Tianmen Mountain is often described as the most beautiful in China. Image via Getty
The 1.6-metre-wide glass track, known as the Coiling Dragon Cliff walkway, is found in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan province and makes 99 turns around a sheer cliff face. The selfies are extreme.
Don't look down... Image via Getty
Beneath the glass is a sheer 300 metre drop. Image via Getty
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is famous for its skywalks. This is the third one to open since 2011 and it’s not even the most heart-stopping. That honour goes to the 430-metre-long, 300-metre-high glass-bottomed bridge that spans two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. It is, of course, the longest and the highest glass-bottomed bridge in the world.
The glass-bottomed bridge at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Image via Getty
The glass on both walkways is just 24 millimetres thick, but we are assured it's perfectly safe.
Before the glass suspension bridge was opened, volunteers smashed the glass bottom with sledgehammers then drove a two-tonne four-wheel drive across the shattered glass to prove how safe it is. Don’t you feel reassured?