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Don't look down: glass bottom skywalk thrills in China
by Staff Writers
Chongqing, China (AFP) July 4, 2017


Suspended more than 120 metres (400 feet) above a gaping chasm, the world's longest cantilevered glass skywalk is delighting and terrifying visitors in China.

The v-shaped walkway stretches almost 70 metres from a sheer cliff face in southwest Chongqing, offering intrepid tourists a vertigo-inducing view of the ground some 123 metres below.

No more than 30 people are allowed on the skywalk at any one time.

While some pause to pose for photos, others find it all a little too much to cope with, and grip the handrail with both hands as they inch along the walkway.

The structure at the Ordovician park in Wansheng, which is held up by thick cables, was certified earlier this year by Guinness World Records as being the longest of its type anywhere on the planet.

Similar glass-bottomed constructions have become popular attractions at scenic parks in China.

Last year, a 430-metre-long, 300-metre-high glass bridge opened in central Hunan province. It temporarily closed after being overwhelmed by crowds.

-- This story accompanies a photo essay and video by Fred Dufour --

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US giant Discovery plans huge Costa Rica eco-resort
San Jose (AFP) April 18, 2017
Discovery Communications announced plans Tuesday for a massive $400-million eco-resort in Costa Rica. The US media and entertainment group's new facility, being developed with Sun Latin America in Guanacaste province, will have facilities including a farm, a beach and scuba diving, rock climbing and a volcano. "We are close to getting together the 400 million dollars which will be a mix ... read more

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