is it ok that Only The Brave Will Walk Across The Brave Man’s Bridge In China?
Only The Brave Will Walk Across The Brave Man’s Bridge In China
Sky News tries out China’s most terrifying tourist attraction – a glass bridge 180m above a deep crevasse.
Up close, the bridge sways in the wind, and creaks.
It’s completely transparent and suspended over a steep crevasse, 180 metres above the ground.
Welcome to Haohan Qiao – Brave Man’s Bridge – the world’s longest glass suspension bridge.
Back in the office in Beijing this had all seemed like such a good idea – travel to Hunan province, birthplace of Chairman Mao, and try out China’s most terrifying tourist attraction, the first British journalists to have a go.
As we clattered up towards the summit in a cable car, our guide holding producer Sabrina’s hand, we started to wonder what we had done.
Somewhat unnervingly, we arrived to find some minor construction work still going on – we hoped just cosmetic finishing touches, nothing too structural.
Guide Tian Hong assured us the bridge was “very safe” and we shouldn’t worry.
Easier said than done.
Part of another glass walkway in China cracked earlier this year, when a tourist dropped a thermos flask on it.
Worryingly, I could see several people carrying flasks in what struck me as a very nonchalant manner.
We watched a few others go, and heard the accompanying screams.
And then it was our turn.
Cameraman Kevin stepped out backwards, which may or may not be the best way to tackle the bridge, and I took a deep breath and followed.
It was terrifying.
We could feel the bridge moving up and down beneath our feet, at times also side-to-side.
You look straight down into the depths of the crevasse below.
Visitors are issued with thick overshoes to protect the glass – there are two panes, each 2.4cm thick, and supposedly 25 times stronger than normal, supported by a steel frame.
Apparently 200 people could be jumping up and down on the bridge at the same time, and it would be fine.
We decided not to test it.
There were a number of different techniques in action – some staring straight ahead, determinedly looking down, others gripping onto the side rail with white knuckles, or their partner’s hand.
Miss Tian told us that in her experience, despite the name, women were braver at crossing the bridge than men.
Finally, rock underneath our feet again, we made it back to solid ground on the far side.
There was only one problem now.
The exit was on the other side.
If we ever wanted to go home – we would have to get back across.
Sourced from theindependant.com