If you suffer from an extreme case of vertigo I suggest you don’t watch this video, because it’s proper heart-in-your-mouth stuff.
It’s strange when I think about my fear of heights – if I’m in a skyscraper like the Rockefeller Centre in New York or the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur my legs are instantaneously reduced to jelly. But if I’m in an aeroplane I’m quite content.
Which is why if I’m ever offered an invite to China’s glass walkway, I’m going there with a safety harness. ‘Why?’ you ask. Well, let me point you to the video below.
How messed up is this?
In recent years China has developed an obsession with glass walkways, particularly ones which crack (by design). One tourist had was given the shock of his life when he was walking across the East Taiheng Glasswalk in Hubei province. Here he was admiring the view and walking without a care in the world.
All of a sudden the glass floor beneath begins to crack and he starts scrambling for his life. He actually does the Neymar roll to get himself to safety.
Of course, it’s just a design feature used to mess with tourists and this poor individual isn’t the first to be caught out by this devilishly cruel prank. In fact, it’s a regular occurrence at the popular Chinese attraction.
The video was posted on Facebook and people were quick to give their take on the man’s reaction.
One person wrote:
I’m confused how falling into the breaking glass is his first reaction. Welcome to being dead.
Other’s pointed out how the girl next to him ‘doesnt even react [sic]’, one person even suspected:
The girl set this up, Why didn’t she walk side by side with him? She stopped, stared with no emotion and almost watched him fall through the moon door.
Someone else added:
The lady watching.. thinking to herself… this might get interesting.
In Jun 2016 a BBC Journalist was offered a unique experience when he was invited to test the integrity of a glass bridge with a sledgehammer – so many health and safety violations, I don’t even know where to begin.
Dan Simmons travelled to the 430-metre-long, 300-metre-high, glass-bottomed bridge in Central China’s Zhangziazie Grand Canyon in a bid to test its safety. The stunt was used as a way to ease public concerns surrounding such structures after crowds fled a similar bridge in China during September 2015.
Thankfully for Simmons, he only managed to damage the first of three layers of glass, with the upper surface cracking but the lower two reinforced layers unscathed.
You should hope so too at a cost of 26 million Yuan – an estimated £2.77 million – and amid claims from owners that the bridge can support 800 people at one time.
The walkway was designed by Haim Dotan, it stretches between two cliffs in Zhangjiajie national park, and was opened to the general public in July last year.
While we can all have a good chuckle at how the poor fella was scrambling for his life, let’s be honest – we would react in the same manner if we were in that situation.
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