As the years go by, it seems that China is trying its best to give the US some competition when it comes to building the scariest and largest outdoor attractions. Given that the nation is home to the world's second-largest economy, that shouldn't come as a surprise. This article is going to focus on three of the scariest such attractions that can be found in China, including the U-shaped bridge in the Fuxi Mountain, the glass bridge at Hongyuagi, Hebei and the world's biggest skywalk in Shilinxia, Beijing.
The World's Longest U-Shaped Bridge at Fuxi Mountain, Henan
The Guinness World Records organization says that it receives over 2,000 applications from China every year - which is a number bigger than any other country. The latest such application to come from the Far Eastern country a 3,000-ton glass and steel skywalk, which is located at the Fuxi Mountain in the Henan province of central China. This huge U-shaped bridge was under construction for 8 months, which is much faster than many other similar projects.
The bridge was only recently opened, on June 16, 2018, which means that the first tourists are only now going to be able to visit the impressive structure. Those who will dare to walk on the glass floor are going to able to see through the bridge and into the canyon floor which is some 360 meters below - which would offer quite a view.
The Longest Glass Bridge at Hongyuagi, Hebei
Glass bridges are a pretty popular attraction nowadays, and many people would be amazed to learn that the longest and scariest such bridge is located in China - more specifically in Hongyuagi, in the Hebei province. The previous record holder was also located in China, in the Tianmen mountain. This new bridge is much longer though - standing at 488 meters in length (which is about 1,600 feet) and at a height of 218 meters (which is 715 feet).
You can also notice how interesting the bridge's suspension cables look - instead of going directly above or below the bridge, they are moving in a diagonal direction, making the bridge look even larger than it really is. The construction of the bridge took a long time, and a total of 1,077 different glass panels were used - each with a thickness of 4 centimeters (around 1.6 inches). At any given time, only 600 people are allowed on the bridge, even though its weight-bearing is set for 2,000 people.
The World's Biggest Glass Viewing Platform at Shilinxia, Beijing
This walkway looks like the starship Enterprise from some angles - which could be a great treat for fans of the show that also happens to be in the neighborhood of Beijing, China's capital city. The walkway is extended 32.8 meters (which is 107 feet) over the edge of the canyon on which it is built, which is a whole 11 meters further than the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
The valley over which the skywalk is built is 396 meters (1,300 feet) deep, which is even deeper than the other canyons mentioned in this article. This attraction adorns the highest peak of the Shinlin Forge, which is an area of forest-like rock formations located just 100 km (62 miles) from the Beijing city center. This means that the walkway is easily accessible to most residents of China's capital city.