Travel video of the week: A glass bridge high in the mountains in China that 'cracks' beneath you!

China seems to have become known for its crazy bridges. The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge in Zhangjiajie was famously tested with a sledgehammer prior to its opening in 2016. But, just over 1,000 kilometres to the north, the East Taihang Glasswalk in the eastern mountains of China is equally crazy.

You would think that a glass walkway 3,800 foot up in the mountains would be scary enough. But, to make it extra terrifying, they introduced an element of surprise… making it a glass bridge that cracks! With the help of sensors and an optical illusion, and some accompanying sound effects, this is definitely not one for those who are scared of heights!

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Comments (19)

  1. Graeme says:

    OMG!!!! That is SO scary… I don’t think I could venture out on to a bridge like that, even without the effects!

  2. Jan, Prague says:

    I don’t think it’s funny at all and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone got a heart attack :(

    • Paul Johnson says:

      I’m pretty sure that a) most people visiting this walkway know about it before they visit, and b) if they don’t know prior to visiting, I would be surprised if there aren’t plenty of warning signs.

  3. John says:

    I heard about that bridge and i really want to go one day i love this kind of amazing stuff i really like your blog so perfect.

  4. Carmela says:

    Oh my word! That is insane! I’m afraid of heights but sometimes I do like to challenge myself and would probably take a couple of steps on this bridge…and die. But seriously, I wouldn’t even try this. The Grand Canyon scared be and that was on solid ground.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      I’m so-so with heights. Usually fine if I’m on a man made structure that I trust, but less so if I’m doing something like climbing. I’d give it a try in this instance, I’m pretty sure.

  5. Caro says:

    WOW!! That is incredible, despite the added scariness I’d love to walk along this bridge. The views must be absolutely amazing!

  6. Shirley says:

    Oh heck no!!! I can do without that added zing. :) Seriously though, this looks like a very cool place to visit, despite the cracking. It looks fun…for the very brave!

  7. gursimrat says:

    This is like wow. What a great place to visit. But I would definitely be like that first man i the video.Thanks Paul for sharing.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      I suspect that first guy is ‘staged’ in all honesty. Seems unlikely that a tour guide leading a party of people wouldn’t a) have visited before, and b) have heard about it.

  8. JOHN MULINDI says:

    This seems scary, but is good for adventure, and going out of your comfort zones. Really good for someone who wants to try out something new!

  9. Jelena says:

    Hahaha .. I do not know if I should even stand on a glass bridge at all, but I’m sure I would really like to visit China.

  10. Naomi Faulkner says:

    Wow I think I would be freaked out too haha such a crazy effect. That looks like an insane view to take in. I think it adds that you can hear the cracking as well. I bet the first person who went on it was terrified but a great laugh too. You have to be brave to take on those heights for sure.

  11. Dave says:

    Haha, that poor guy! This is one thing most people might not appreciate about Chinese people if they don’t know any: they definitely have a sense of humor and they know how to laugh. Where else in the world would you find something like this? China has so many hidden treasures of beauty in nature, this just adds to it in a different way.

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