Brave tourists have been arriving in droves to a stunning cliff-side glass walkway that promises the thrill of a lifetime for those brave enough to look down.


The 180-metre (590-foot) path dubbed a "skyway" is now the best way to take in the picturesque scenery at Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, located between the south-western and central Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Hubei and Jiangxi - but it is not for the feint-of-heart.


Since opening in May last year, the walkway has welcomed millions of visitors, but millions more across the country have been eagerly waiting their turn to step onto the reinforced glass sitting some 160 metres (524 feet) above the floor of the karst valley.


During this week’s Chinese New Year celebrations, fearless visitors have been flooding to the glass walkway to experience the definition of vertigo with their own eyes.


The only thing from keeping tourists on their feet is a simple handrail - or they can hold onto the rock face nearby.


The skyway, which replaced a former wooden version and is now at an altitude of 2,288 metres (7,506 feet) above sea level, is the highest of its kind in China, which always seems to competing with itself to build the biggest and longest megastructures.


Amazingly, the walkway in Shiniuzhai is also the first to feature "musical" glass panels which play up to 70 different notes to people as they walk over them - because the site of a sheer drop to death is not dramatic enough.


Author: Scott Feng

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