China’s newest tourist spot is a glass-bottomed Skywalk around the cliff face of the Tianmen Mountain, approx. 4,700 ft above sea level, at Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province. It is regarded as the symbol and soul of Zhangjiajie in China.
Brave tourists looking to test their nerves have flocked to China to walk across this dazzling glass bridge suspended from a cliff face. In order to keep the glass path clean, tourists are asked to put on shoe covers before walking. The 200ft long bridge joins the west cliff at the Yunmeng Fairy Summit, the summit of Tianmen Mountain and Zhangjiajie. The pathway, built earlier in the summer echoes the glass-bottomed walkway at the Grand Canyon in the U.S. The 70ft bridge allows tourists to look through 2.5inches of crystal-clear glass to the Canyon floor below. The Tianmen mountain, literally translated as Heavenly Gate Mountain is so called because of a huge natural cave that occurs halfway up to the summit.
The glass skywalk offers breathtaking views across the Hunan Province for those brave enough to attempt to cross the bridge. Its highest peak is around 5,000ft above sea level and it is home to a wealth of rare species of plants. A four-mile-long cable car was constructed in the park, which is said to be the longest of the same type in the world.
Tianmen Mountain is a National Forest Park since 1992. With towering peaks and rocks, hidden valleys, wandering waters and the limestone caves, a tourist needs some planning to create an itinerary that includes all the charming scenic spots so that you will not miss any beautiful scenery in the city.
With profound cultural background, Tianmen Mountain is always considered as the holy mountain by locals. A 500-year-old Buddhist temple is nestled in the mountain attracting thousands of prayers every year. Many legends and stories about the mountain were inherited from generation to generation, which are widely spread in the west of Hunan Province.
Are you brave enough to take a walk on this Skywalk?