China: Are you game to try this circular glass viewing platform suspended over 400m-deep valley?

Here's a tourist attraction you may want to avoid if you're afraid of heights. China already has several glass suspension bridges and a glass walkway along a cliff. Now there's a new transparent terror: a circular glass viewing platform jutting out from the edge of a mountain, over a 400m (1,300ft) deep valley.

An aerial view of the new tourist attractionAFP

This glass sightseeing platform juts out 32.8m (108ft) out from a cliff – this is 11.4m longer than the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the US. It may look terrifying, but the platform's designer reassures visitors it is completely safe, being made of titanium, steel and bulletproof glass.

People take selfies on the glass viewing platformAFP
People pose for photos on the glass platformAFP
Looking straight down on to the circular platformAFP
Visitors lie down on the reinforced glass platformAFP
Visitors try out the latest tourist attractionAFP
The new viewing platform is silhouetted against the sunAFP
The sun sets behind the glass viewing platformAFP
The viewing platform hangs over the edge of a mountainAFP
The circular glass viewing platform juts out 32.8m from the cliffAFP

Looking like a glass model of the Starship Enterprise, the futuristic design contrasts with the ancient rock formations of the Shilinxia Scenic Area, also known as the Pinggu Stone Forest Gorge, located 43 miles from Beijing.


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