Would YOU walk across this swinging bridge? Thrilling footpath suspended over a 400ft drop becomes new attraction in China
A unique bridge on a remote mountain pass in China has emerged as perhaps one of the most stomach-tightening commutes there is and now it could become a tourist attraction.
The scenic route, created decades ago to connect two villages to each other, has managed to escape the maddening crowds so far because it requires a trek through the the rural Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in China’s central Hubei Province to reach.
However, recent photographs of the bridge could see visitor numbers soar as people begin flocking to the site for the thrill of the 393 foot sheer drop.
The creaky wooden bridge allows tourists to roll back the years and surround themselves with the greenery and beauty of China’s nature landscapes.
‘Swinging bridge’, as it is also known, does exactly that when a person walks over it – swaying powerfully from side to side even on a windless day.
The 262ft long bridge hangs directly above a 393ft sheer drop into the lake – making it advisable for tourists not to look down for too long while walking.
There is no absolute guarantee the rickety bridge can hold people’s weight however, since it was built just from wood and rope many years ago.
Chinese tourists have somewhat of an obsession with bridges at the moment – particularly the huge and very expensive glass-bottomed creations that have been popping up at visitor hotspots across the country.
Last autumn, a group of tourists were left screaming in fear and scrabbling to safety when two glass panels shattered beneath them on a new glass-bottom bridge on Yuntai Mountain in Henan province.