Is this the scariest ride you’ve ever seen? The world’s tallest swing at a 30-story building opens on the edge of a 2,300 ft cliff in China
- The extreme ride in Chongqing, China, welcomed the first visitors on Thursday
- It is certified by the Guinness World Records as the ‘highest swing frame’
- Videos show thrill seekers screaming after being catapulted at speeds of up to 80 mph
- The new attraction consists of a 328ft high arch and a 354ft high launch tower
A Chinese scenic spot has opened the world’s tallest swing that sits on the edge of a 2,300-foot cliff.
The footage shows thrill seekers screaming while strapped horizontally to a harness and flung out at today’s grand opening at a top speed of 130 mph.
The extreme ride is a whopping 328 feet long, roughly the equivalent of a 30-story building.
As part of the Yunyang Longgang Scenic Spot, the giant swing (pictured) consists of a 328-meter-high arch and a 354-meter-high launch tower and is located at an elevation of 3608 meters
The footage shows thrill seekers screaming while tied horizontally to a harness and thrown out at a top speed of 80 mph at the grand opening of the attraction today in Chongqing, China
Billed as the ‘king of all swings’, the dizzying attraction is located in southwest China’s Chongqing.
It has been certified by the Guinness World Records as the ‘tallest swing frame’ on Earth after becoming the last recorder holder, the B! G Rush in South Africa, defeated 40 feet.
The Chinese swing can catapult tourists over the cliff at a top speed of 80 miles per hour, according to engineers at Yunyang Longgang Scenic Spot.
The terrifying ride was completed late last year and was meant to open to the public early this year. However, the grand opening was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak and closure
Rather than being stuck to chairs, up to three tourists are horizontally attached to the harness side by side before making the knuckle ride across the Shisun River Valley in China
The terrifying ride was completed late last year and was meant to open to the public early this year.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent blockage, management had to postpone the grand opening.
As a city known for its crazy architecture, Chongqing is already home to a massive rocking chair that overlooks a 1,000-foot cliff.
However, the newly completed structure is bigger, faster and scarier.
As part of the Yunyang Longgang Scenic Spot, the giant swing consists of a 328 meter high arch and a 354 meter high launch tower and is located at an altitude of 3608 meters.
The ‘rocking chair’ is connected to the arch by two cables that would also be 354 feet long.
Daredevils, up to three at one time, are hoisted into the air by a rope attached to the launch tower before being launched into the Shisun River Valley at high speed.
The swing went through four months of security checks and can withstand a magnitude 10 earthquake and high winds with gusts of up to 103 miles per hour, the engineer said.
An engineer said the swing could reach a maximum angle of 90 degrees above the ground or 230 feet from the edge of the cliff. He also ensured the safety of the machine to the public
Rather than being tied to seats, tourists are tied horizontally to the harness before taking the white knuckle ride.
Chief engineer Shi Xuebin said the swing could reach a maximum angle of 90 degrees above the ground or 230 feet from the edge of the cliff.
The engineer has ensured the safety of the machine to the public.
The swing underwent security checks for four months and withstands a magnitude 10 earthquake and strong winds with gusts of up to 103 miles per hour, the engineer said.
Tourists must wear safety clothing certified by the European Union. And to give them extra protection, we added custom seat belts on the outside of the clothes, ”said Shi.
Adventurous residents of Chongqing are spoiled for choice when it comes to extreme rides.
The city’s Wansheng Ordovician theme park features not one, but five huge swings and a glass-bottomed walkway 390 feet above the ground.
The park’s newest swing opened last year and was built over a 1000-foot drop.
The swing is attached to a beam up to 18 meters high – the equivalent of a six-story building.
Up to 4,000 people come to the park every day to experience the unique swings, a spokesperson said.