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Taihang Mountains' walkway introduces special effects to scare tourists

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Maria Sergeeva
October 20, 2017

Chinese engineers at the Taihang Mountains' walkway have quietly introduced a string of special effects that have tricked tourists into thinking that the walkway, that hangs 1,180m above sea level was about to collapse under them.

The video of a tour guide screaming when the glass structure seemed to "crack" underneath him has already racked up more than 5 million views. The cracking affect was triggered by sensors that activate visual and sound effects. 

According to Mashable, the East Taihang district administration stated, “The splintering glass was merely an ‘effect’ it worked into a portion of its bridge, in order to be ‘provocative.'”

To create the effect, bits of actual broken glass were placed under the sturdy glass floor. The sound of cracking glass is also piped in, to complete the terrifying effect. This follows the bridge being closed down in 2015 due to a glass panel actually starting to crack on the walkway.

The East Taiheng Glasswalk is part of an array of intriguing, vertigo-based attractions in China, which includes the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, that stretches 260 meters across the ground in the National Forest Park of Hunan province. Last year, local authorities introduced plans to build an invisible footbridge in the same region, which would be made with mirrored stainless steel and reflective black stone.

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