Chongqing home to world's longest glass skywalk at almost 27m

The "Yuanduan" skywalk in Chongqing, which holds the record for the longest glass skywalk in the world. -- PHOTO: CHINAFOTOPRESS
The "Yuanduan" skywalk in Chongqing, which holds the record for the longest glass skywalk in the world. -- PHOTO: CHINAFOTOPRESS

China now holds the record for the longest glass walkway in the world, after the "Yuanduan" skywalk opened in Chongqing late last month.

The 26.68m-long horseshoe-shaped bridge, which protrudes from the top of a cliff at Longgang National Geographic Park, can accommodate 200 people at any one time - although only 30 are allowed on it for 30 minutes at a time to maximise the experience.

It surpassed the similar-shaped Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona, which measures 21m and was unveiled in 2007.

Visitors to the park need to pay 60 yuan (S$12.80) for a chance to stare down from a giddying height of 718m through the glass floor, reported local media.

According to reports, the walkway is designed to withstand an 8.0-magnitude earthquake and a level-14 typhoon.

Construction of the 35-million-yuan project started in March 2014 and was completed ahead of schedule.

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