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It has become a fashion in recent years for mountain parks in China to build glass skywalks on the cliff edge to attract thrill-seeking hikers.

The latest glass skywalk opened to visitors in Central China's Hunan province on Wednesday makes walking in the clouds even more playful by installing electronic components in the glass that can play 70 different notes when stepped on.

The 180-meter-long interactive musical road is the first of its kind in China. It was built off the side of a cliff 300 meters above sea level in Shiniuzhai National Geopark in Pingjiang county.

Tourists flocked to the geological park on the glass skywalk's opening day. Some trotted in excitement to play a melody against the magnificent backdrop of the Danxia landscape. Some were scared by the height, crouching and leaning on the cliff all the way.

Built with double-layered special glass nearly 30 millimeters thick, the transparent path is actually safe to walk on, according to the park.

Besides the musical path in Shiniuzhai, people who fancy glass skywalks can find three more in China to rival the famed U-shaped Grand Canyon Skywalk in the United States.

The most famous glass skywalk in China may be the one built in Tianmenshan National Forest Park in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province. The biggest vertical drop under the path is 1,430 meters.

The highest glass skywalk is located in Molmt Baishishan National Geopark in North China's Hebei province, built on the edge of a cliff 1,900 meters above sea level.

There is also a glass skywalk to get visitors' adrenaline pumped on Phoenix Mountain in Dandong, Northeast China's Liaoning province. (chinadaily.com)


A peek at constructors of a glass suspension bridge

On Sept. 11, a team consisting of 11 construction workers was busy upgrading a wooden suspension bridge to a glass one at the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in central China's Hunan province. The bridge is 300 meter long and 180 meter high. 

In recent years, glass plank road, glass bridge and transparent glass elevator have become popular at the scenic spots. At the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, the construction of a transparent glass suspension bridge will be finished before October 1. It is named as "Haohan Bridge" or "True Man Bridge". 

The upgrading of the bridge will be completed totally by man power. When someone walks on the bridge, it will shake, which brings about difficulties to the workers. 

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. is the working time. "If we have good luck, we can pave about more than 10 pieces of glasses", according to Yang Guohong, a construction worker.

The bridge will never break no matter how the tourists jump on it. The steel structure of the bridge is very dense. Tourists will not fall off from the bridge even though the glass breaks. 

Upgrading of a section of the "Haohan Bridge" was finished in September 2014. To improve the excited feeling, the former wooden bridge will be replaced by a glass one. Each piece of glass is 24mm thick. (Photos/Chinanews.com)


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On on September 24, 2015, the first glass suspension bridge in China opens to visitors. [Photos: chinanews.com]

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A visitor is too frightened to move on the transparent suspension bridge on September 24, 2015. The high-altitude glass bridge is about 300 meters long and 180 meters up from the ground. Located inside the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in central China's Hunan Province, the first high-altitude glass bridge in the country was open to travellers on Thursday.

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Visitors pass through the first high-altitude glass bridge in China

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A visitor is too frightened to move on the transparent suspension bridge at the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in central China's Hunan Province

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Visitors lie down on the first high-altitude glass bridge

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A visitor is dragged by his friends to move on the transparent suspension bridge at the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in central China's Hunan Province

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The photo shows an overview of the first high-altitude glass bridge in China, which is open to visitors on September 24, 2015.

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Visitors pass through the first high-altitude glass bridge

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The photo shows an overview of the first high-altitude glass bridge in China, which is open to visitors on September 24, 2015.


Below photos taken on October 4, 2015 shows thousands of people on and near the all-glass bridge, which is located in Pingjiang County, in central China's Hunan Province. [Photo/Chinanews.com]

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On Nov 5, 2015, more than 100 people perform yoga on the 180-meter-high glass bridge in Shi'niu township, Pingjiang county, central China's Hunan province. (Photos/Chinanews.com)

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