If you’ve ever felt your heart race as you look down from the top of a building, you’re not alone. But for some people, their distress is far more serious.
About one in 15 people have acrophobia or fear of heights. People suffering from this have extreme, irrational, and persistent fears of heights and situations associated with them. It can trigger unpleasant symptoms such as spinning sensation, shaking or trembling, increased heart rate, etc.
In Hebei Province’s Hongyagu Scenic Area in China, there is a 488-meter-long (1,600 feet) glass footpath which is suspended 218 meters (715 feet) above the valley floor between two steep cliffs.
It is billed as the world’s longest glass-floor bridge to date which opened on December 24, 2017. While it is designed to hold roughly 3,000 people, only 600 people are allowed to cross the glass walkway at a time.
Although many tourists would want to experience the thrill of walking across 1,077, 1.5 inch glass panels, some might feel the opposite.
The bridge ending in a large observation deck that resembles a helipad provides visitors a unique geographic landscape with views of the mountains, waterfalls, river, ancient towns and temples surrounding the countryside.
There are many video footages of tourists trembling and getting full-blown panic attacks when walking across the walkway.
The panels which provide a transparent view of the ground can be all the more challenging especially for the faint-hearted. It’s not much of a shock that even the brave could experience a tad bit of fear in their bodies.
The video below is a compilation of tourists breaking down while crossing the bridge. Would you dare to walk across?
Tourists are required to wear special shoe gloves as a precaution to prevent unnecessary damage to the bridge.
As if the structure of the bridge is not petrifying enough, visitors have also reported that the bridge is designed to sway when tourists walk across it creating a nerve-wracking effect that can even stun the most experienced thrill-seekers.
Tourists are shown crawling on all fours, sitting down, and holding onto the rails as they attempt to cross the bridge. Some even scream and cry on the platform. Staff is stationed along the bridge to assist the faint-hearted tourists to get back on their feet although they wouldn’t be much of a help when the person himself/herself wouldn’t even dare to move an inch.
In several cases, the bridge has proven to be too much when visitors are needed to be dragged across to reach the other side.
Glass-floor bridges and skywalks have become a thing in China in recent years. However, many have raised concerns due to incidents such as the one in Henan Province where the bridge was shut down from the public just two weeks after opening when one of the glass panes shattered.
Some bridges like the one in Wanshan National Park even creates a cracking effect pranking visitors who walk across it.
watch the video below: