A walk on the high side

As well as an adrenaline buzz, Shanghai now offers people a chance to discover if they have nerves of steel when they visit a landmark skyscraper in the city.

The Jinmao Tower, in the Lujiazui district of the Pudong New Area, launched a programme yesterday that allows visitors to walk or sit on an open-air glass walkway outside the building's 88th floor, 340.6m above the ground.

The skywalk on the 420.5m-high Jinmao Tower - one of China's tallest buildings - is about 60m long and just 1.2m wide, and has no handrail.

It is believed to be the world's highest outdoor, handrail-free skyscraper walkway.

Visitors are harnessed to an overhead rail that allows them to move about freely on the walkway.

The management team says the attraction offers visitors a thrilling but safe opportunity to enjoy sweeping views of the city, adding that the project does not damage or overload the building.

Visitors pay 388 yuan (S$78) to stay for up to 30 minutes on the platform.

A maximum of 15 people are allowed on the platform at any time, and there are always two safety instructors to provide assistance.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2016, with the headline 'A walk on the high side'. Print Edition | Subscribe