High altitude glass constructions and walkways are highly popular tourist attractions in China. There are an estimated 2300 glass bridges, slides and viewing platforms in the country and the number is still growing - despite the fact that many have been shut down recently due to poor construction. Mostly at locations across south-southwest China, there have been many built in the past few years and there seems to be a continued demand for it. China's Zhejiang province has its own "skywalk" attraction too, which instantly comes with a glass suspension bridge and a glass-bottomed platform. The site itself was the the first one in eastern China. The attraction also includes - as an added bonus - the area itself, which is a beautiful forest-covered mountain with a rustic old countryside village.
The forest park itself is located about 200 km south of the city of Hangzhou, in the Lingjiangyuan Scenic Area (灵江源森林公园). It is near Jinhua city in Pan’an county (浙江金华磐安). It is nicely hidden away and nestled at about 800 metres above sea level. The road that goes up to the village is also very narrow. The scenic area is remote, it is very quiet and peaceful around here. The air is fresh, the climate is pleasant, and the forest coverage rate reaches more than 90%. In this beautiful environment one can hike up to the glass bridge and the glass-bottomed platform. On the way up, one can appreciate the clean air, the mighty trees and a waterfall. When one visits this site of attractions, it is worth bearing in mind that the area gives the visitor much more than just excitement from the glass-bottom monsters.
The glass suspension bridge was built in early 2018. The total width of it is 2.8 meters, the vertical height from the valley bottom is 189 meters, and the bridge spans 365 meters. The "high-altitude glass platform" is 78.905 meters long with a total length of 158 meters and a vertical height of 288 meters. Only one end is connected to the mountain, and the other end is completely suspended. The platform includes "glass cracking" sound effects, which is quite dodgy, in fact, it is very badly done. On the 8 August 2019, the Sky Platform of Lingjiangyuan Forest Park won the Guinness World Records title of "The Longest Cantilevered Glass-bottomed Skywalk". The record, however, was quickly overrun by a number of new constructions across China; the latest among these happened on 25 September 2019: the Tongren (铜仁市) skywalk at the scenic spot called Xianrenjie (仙人街) comes with an amazing 91.806 meter length.
This is the skywalk attraction in Lingjiangyuan Forest Park. It will always remain the first one in eastern China. To get there, it is easiest to go with a travel agent as the package price is usually around 250 RMB, which includes the day trip and attraction tickets. The ticket on its own usually varies whether it includes the glass bridges or just the canyon and mountain track. So it is worth bearing in mind that accessing the mountain area requires a ticket too, but if one chooses the ticket that includes both the bridge and the sky platform, the price is around 150 RMB/person, which is quite high.
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