China opens a frightening walkway that is less than 20 INCH wide and protrudes from a rock face above a drop of 850 feet
- Crescent-shaped bridge protrudes 26 feet from a vertical rock face in China
- Tourists can walk or sit on the steel structure while being tied in the harness
- It is part of a 2,952-foot-long rock climbing route in the popular Yandang mountain
- China also has & # 39; the world's most notorious rock walk of just 11 centimeters wide
Daredevils can now take a brisk walk of hundreds of meters above the ground on a walkway along the cliff that is less than 20 centimeters wide.
The crescent-shaped metal structure protrudes eight meters (26 feet) from a vertical rock wall and hangs 259 meters (850 feet) above the ground in the popular Yandang mountain in eastern China.
The extreme attraction opened at the end of last month and is part of a via ferrata path, a climbing route with a permanently installed safety system.
Engineers on Yandang Mountain in China spent two weeks building the cliff walk that protrudes 26 feet from a vertical rock face, 850 feet above ground
A via ferrata, an Italian term that & # 39; an iron way & # 39; means, offers people with little or no experience in rock climbing the opportunity to climb or move over precarious cliffs safely and without heavy climbing equipment.
The bridge, which is only 50 centimeters (19.6 inches) wide, formed part of a path that is 900 meters (2,952 feet) long and 280 meters (918 feet) high.
Engineers spent two weeks constructing the walkway, which cost nearly 100,000 yuan (£ 10,980) and was opened to the public on October 20.
Daredevil tourists can walk or chill at the gravity-defying attraction after being tied up in armor. The crescent-shaped footbridge is part of a 2,952-foot long rock climbing route
There are two other via ferrata courses in Yandang Mountain. One of them is 400 meters long and 290 meters high and the other is 70 meters long.
All three routes are equipped at the top of 300 meter high (984-foot high) Taping Peak, and the entire project cost £ 1 million to realize.
Fang Yuan, General Manager of Yandang Mountain via ferrata project, said that extreme sport became more and more popular in China, especially when the country's interests in bridges with glass bottoms quickly declined.
Glass bottom bridges are walkways paved with transparent windows and have proven to be extremely popular.
Hundreds of glass-bottomed bridges, such as the one on the photo, were built throughout China
The country is also home to & # 39; the world's most notorious walkway along cliffs in Mount Huashan
They usually hang hundreds of meters above the ground in valleys. Some of them are attached to the side of cliffs.
Hundreds of such dangerous attractions are scattered throughout the country. In 2017 alone, more than 70 of them were built in various picturesque places.
The news of the via ferrata footbridge only came a few days after China had to close dozens of glass bottom bridges due to safety risks.
The country is also home to & # 39; the world's most notorious walkway along cliffs in Mount Huashan.
The dangerous walking path, which is more than 7000 feet above the ground, includes vertical ladders, a wooden path that is only 11 centimeters wide and a series of stairs carved into the rock wall.
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