Just outside of Beijing stands the world’s biggest outdoor glass observation deck.
Standing on a ridge or a platform suspended thousands of meters in the air, in the middle of nowhere, is surely not for the faint of heart. To avoid anything to do with anxiety when standing on such points, especially if you’re a vertigo sufferer, can be really challenging because they’ll tell you: Don’t look down! If you keep your head up, you’ll probably not know how high you are. However, what happens when the floor or your standing platform is transparent and nothing obscure your true height?
With the trend of glass-bottomed structures sweeping across the world, China couldn’t be left behind. They’ve created a glass-bottomed sightseeing platform that’s certainly not for the lily-livered. Structured on the highest peak of the Shilin Gorge in the outskirts of Beijing, the platform hangs 400 meters from the foot of the cliff and has an area of 415 square meters.
Opened on May 1, the awe-inspiring structure is growing in popularity as it offers many tourists with the best possible point for viewing the incredibly scenic location. Even though the thought of standing on such a platform over a huge cliff can literally bring terror into the pit of many people’s stomachs, Chinese tourists seem to enjoy the vertigo-inducing idea.
We can’t blame them; it’s an absolutely breathtaking platform that’s not only cool, but also offers some pretty spectacular views.