The Mountainside Glass Walkways On China's Tianmen Mountain

The Mountainside Glass Walkways On China's Tianmen Mountain

The closest you'll ever get to walking on clouds might be in China's southern province of Hunan. Here you'll find Tianmen Mountain, and the three high-in-the-sky glass walkways that sit alongside it. The Coiling Dragon Cliff skywalk, which may require the most bravery to traverse, opened to the public in August 2016.

The Coiling Dragon Cliff is a transparent, glass walkway that sits above a 4,600-foot drop, and stretches for about 328 feet. The walkway hugs a cliff on Tianmen Mountain and juts out five feet from the huge rock. There are a dizzying 99 turns on the path, but Chinese officials have gone to great lengths to prove their glass skywalks are safe, including bashing the glass with sledgehammers until they cracked, and driving a car over them to prove they could withstand the pressure. Watch the video below to see people walking across one of these glass skywalks.

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