Video showing a tourist believe he may fall to his death in China is terrifying to watch. It turns out; it’s all part of a high-tech prank installed by park management at the Taihang Scenic Area.
“Broken glass” special effects on a glass bridge along a cliff in North China’s Hebei Province scare tourists pic.twitter.com/GHBZhNaGq7
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The scenic area bridge opened this past September and boasts a 291-yards glass walkway that protrudes from a 3,871-foot cliff.
“It scared me,” one visitor says on the video as he falls to his knees fearing certain death.
“The effect is so life-like, you won’t be able to tell if it’s the glass or your heartbreaking.”
This YouTube video offers some perspective of how high the bridge.
However, now that the video has gone viral, park managers are now trying to ease visitors concerns and make sure there’s no confusion about the fake cracking. East Taihang Scenic District authorities assured visitors that this was a planned gimmick using “body weight-sensing” glass.
According to a report on Channel News Asia officials offered a what may or may not have been an apology for the “ridiculously high” walkway
“Wherever you walk, the glass will break, and it comes with a ‘kacha’ cracking sound,” the Weibo post in Chinese read. “The effect is so life-like, you won’t be able to tell if it’s the glass or your heartbreaking.”
Taihang Scenic Area
The Taihang Scenic Area includes the Taihang Mountains and a canyon that is sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon of China.
The Chinese also built a 300-foot spiral staircase at the Taihang Mountains. To climb the stairs, climbers have to sign a form saying that they have no heart or lung conditions and are under 60 years-old.
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