About a month ago, a video of a man (who turned out to be a tour guide) went viral in China and around the world. What did he do? One may ask. He was walking on a bridge that was suspended around 3871 feet above ground. Well, it was not merely the fact that the skywalk was assembled so high up on the Taihang Mountains. Nor was it that the valley can be seen when casting a glance downwards. It was because the glass pane actually starts cracking from your weight as you walk by! Can you imagine how your heart could skip a beat had you not known about this special effect prior to stepping on this bridge?
This bridge, named the Coiling Dragon Cliff, is one of China’s and maybe even the world’s scariest bridges. First of all, the skywalk is only barely five feet wide, making it hard not to be terrified as the journey continues. Second, the path is around one and a half miles long, which can be both tiring and exhausting, considering the width and the fear! Last but not least, the floor underneath shatters into pieces as people step on it! Not only is there a realistic visual, there is also audio! Of course, the bridge does not actually break; it is just a special effect that adds to the uniqueness and the originality of this frightening yet fascinating experience! It is also interesting to note that the builder’s intentions was to prank the tourists and watch their reactions!
To ensure the safety and pacify the alarmed minds of the tourists, the management made sure that workers check the bridge and glass panels on a daily basis. In addition, the administration issued an official statement to reinforce that the cracking glass was only an effect and was just used to be “provocative” in some parts of the bridge. The bridge had also gone through a rigorous tests for its security. For instance, a two-ton SUV was driven through it and volunteers were asked to smash the glass panels with mallets.
Now that you have been warned, I am sure that your nervousness to walk this bridge will be decreased significantly. After all… it’s only a special effect! Don’t forget to share your experience if you have a chance to step foot on this fascinating bridge on the other side of the globe!