Record-breaking skywalk 300 m above valley floor opens in China

By Echo Zhan
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Longest cantilevered glass bottomed skywalk

Tourists to a Chinese city can now enjoy breath-taking views of the area if they stand on a record-breaking glass platform.

Sticking out of a two-km-long hill is the longest cantilevered glass-bottomed skywalk, a 91.806 m ((301 ft 2 in) walkway which is 300 m (984 ft) above the ground below.

This skywalk can be found in Tongren, Guizhou, having been created by the Guizhou Shiqian Hot Spring Investment and Development Co., Ltd.

Shaped a bit like the bow of a boat, it allows tourists to look at the view immediately beneath their feet as well as the wider landscape.

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The exact location is the scenic spot of Shiqian Xianren Street.

Xianren Street has a long history. Legend has it that Zhang Sanfeng, a Taoist monk, traveled through Shiqian in Guizhou Province during the late Yuan and early Ming Dynasties, finding blocked traffic and underdeveloped trade.

In order to benefit the local people, he led all the immortals to build the street here.

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Today, it retains one of the world's complete monolithic boulders, about two km long and 88 m wide.

It has high commercial and scientific value, providing a reliable scientific basis for the study of geological and geomorphological features and the formation of the hot springs.

Together with the ancient hot springs in Chengnan, this street has become a living fossil for the geological study of the stone.

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