China opens a terrifying walkway that measures less than 20 INCHES wide and juts out from a cliff face above a 850-foot drop
- Crescent-shaped bridge protrudes 26 feet from a vertical rock face in China
- Tourists can walk or sit on the steel structure while being strapped into harness
- It’s part of a 2,952-foot-long rock-climbing route in popular Yandang Mountain
- China also has the world’s most infamous cliff walkway that is just 11 inches wide
Daredevils can now take a brisk stroll hundreds of feet above the ground on a cliff-side walkway that measures less than 20 inches in width.
The crescent-shaped metal structure protrudes eight metres (26 feet) from a vertical rock face and is suspended 259 metres (850 feet) above the ground in popular Yandang Mountain, eastern China.
The extreme attraction opened late last month and is part of a via ferrata path, which is a rock-climbing route with a safety system permanently installed.
Engineers at China’s Yandang Mountain spent two weeks building the cliff walkway which protrudes 26 feet from a vertical rock face 850 feet above the ground
A via ferrata, an Italian term which means ‘an iron way’, gives people with little or no experience in rock climbing the opportunity to scale or move across precarious cliffs safely and without heavy-duty climbing equipment.
The bridge, which is just 50 centimetres (19.6 inches) wide, formed a section of a trail that is 900 metres (2,952 feet) long and 280 metres (918 feet) high.
Engineers spent two weeks constructing the walkway, which cost nearly 100,000 yuan (£10,980) and opened to the public on October 20.
Daredevil tourists can walk or chill on the gravity-defying attraction after being strapped into harness. The crescent-shaped walkway is part of a 2,952-foot-long rock-climbing route
There are two other via ferrata courses in Yandang Mountain. One of them measures 400 metres (1,312 feet) long and 290 metres (951 feet) high, and the other is 70 metres (229 feet) long.
All of the three routes are fitted near the top of 300-metre-tall (984-foot-tall) Taping Peak, and the whole project cost £1 million to realise.
Fang Yuan, General Manager of the Yandang mountain via ferrata project, said the extreme sport was becoming more and more popular in China, especially when the country’s interests in glass-bottom bridges waned quickly.
Glass-bottom bridges are walkways paved with see-through panes, and have proved to be hugely popular.
Hundreds of glass-bottomed bridge, such as the one pictured, has been built across China
The country is also home to the world’s most infamous cliff-side walkway in Huashan Mountain
They are usually suspended hundreds of feet above the ground in valleys. Some of them are attached to the side of cliffs.
Hundreds of such perilous attractions have been cropped up across the country. In 2017 alone, more than 70 of them were constructed in various scenic spots.
News of the via ferrata walkway came just days after China had to close down dozens of glass-bottom bridges out of safety concerns.
The country is also home to the world’s most infamous cliff-side walkway in Huashan Mountain.
Situated more than 7,000 feet above the ground, the perilous hiking trail includes vertical ladders, a wooden path measuring just 11 inches wide and a series of steps carved into the cliff face.
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