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The world's biggest glass viewing platform at Shilinxia, Beijing


It's perhaps fitting that the home of the Great Wall would now also have the longest glass-bottomed walkway in the world. Jutting 32.8 meters over the edge of a 396 meter valley, the Shilinxia Viewing Platform stretches a whole 11 meters farther than the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
The vertigo-inducing attraction adorns the highest peak of Shinlin Gorge, an area of towering forest-like rock formations in the district of Pinggu, 100 kilometers from Beijing city center.

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It's a hefty 1.5-hour hike from the valley floor to the platform, or you can make your head spin twice in one day and take the cable car up.
It's constructed with titanium alloy, the material used in airplanes and space shuttles, so it can apparently hold a maximum load of 150 tons and 2,000 people.

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Hiking horror at Mount Huashan, Shaanxi


The five separate peaks backing Huayin City in China's Shaanxi province are a test for even the most adventurous travelers.

This isn't just a scare tactic. The paths are genuinely terrifying, consisting of modest foot-grooves cut into a 2,090 meter-high sheer rock face and rusting metal bars serving as makeshift vertical staircases.

All that lies between hikers and vertiginous drops are thin chain banisters, adorned with the love locks of courageous couples.

The real fun starts on the 2,160-meter South Peak. The so-called "road" comprises nothing more than a few rickety wooden planks bolted onto the mountainside. Looking as though it could give way at any moment, the path is just 0.3 meters at its widest.

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