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It’s the travellers’ rite of passage – experiencing unforgettable, thrill seeking experiences on your gap year or travels abroad.
If you are after a nail biting, vertigo-inducing, unforgettable experience on your next trip to China, this top 10 list is of jaw dropping, adrenaline-rush activities is handpicked by China Icons for you.
In at No 10: Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo, Chongqing
This unique zoo has created waves in the animal rights kingdom and has masses of international press coverage. Taking inspiration from cage diving with sharks, they switch the traditional idea of a zoo on its head, with humans being the ones put in cages. Entering the land of the lions and tigers, visitors are able to feed the animals through gaps in the fence. Personally, I would prefer there to be NO GAPS, when it comes between me and a hungry predator. Not for the faint hearted.
No 9: Cliff swing at Wansheng Ordovician Theme Park, Chongqing
It’s a swing with a difference – a 300m/1000ft cliff top drop under your favourite childhood playground ride. You’d be forgiven for forgetting to enjoy the stunning backdrop of southern Chongqing during this ride.
No 8: Glass Bridge, Mount Langya, Hebei
China’s latest glass bridge 450 metres high above a rocky gorge provides tourists with an insane 360 degree view of Mount Langya and the surrounding forest conservation area.. A glass path hovering above the rocky valley leads you up on to the circular deck, where you can enjoy the panorama views (if you are brave enough!).
No 7: Mount Hua Shan, Shaanxi
This cliff climbing adventure will have you gripping the mountain face as you tiptoe across wooden planks seemingly held together with giant staples. It’s been called world’s most dangerous hike, but the views and cup of tea at the top of the mountain’s southern peak are worth the ‘hike’.
No 6: Jinmao Tower Skywalk, Shanghai
Ever dreamed about walking in the sky? This Shanghai attraction has got you covered. At the top of this 88-story tower (the third tallest building in China), you can take a casual wander in the open air and enjoy the views of the lively city below. And of course it has a glass-bottom to complete the illusions that you are airborne.
No 5: Dinoconda, Jiangsu
For all you roller coaster veterans, it will come as no surprise to include the world’s fastest 4th dimensional roller coaster at this infamous dinosaur-themed park. Get ready to ROAR as you travel at a mighty 80mph, thrown and rotated in the air by a dino-monster.
No 4: Bungee Jumping at the AJ Hackett Macau Tower, Macau
This bungee jump is the world’s highest, jumping from 233m high and has revolutionised safety equipment for bungee jumping. Prepare to feel like a giant bird swooping down to earth as you freefall until just 30 metres from earth.
No 3: Cable Car Tianmen Shan (Heaven’s Gate Mountain), Hunan
Connecting China’s scenic town of Zhangjiajie and Tianmen, the world’s longest cable car takes a total of 28 minutes from start to end. What could be an immensely enjoyable journey, could also be someone’s introduction to acrophobia as it gets as steep as 38 degrees and ascends and descends a total of 1,279 meters.
No 2: Coiling Dragon Cliff Walkway, Hunan
Complementing the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge at No 1, this 1.6 metre wide glass path coils around the Tianmen Mountain and hangs over a sheer drop . It’s not for the faint hearted, but would you really want to miss out
No 1: Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, Hunan
At 430 metres long and 300 metres above ground, this is the world’s longest and highest glass bridge. Don’t even consider it if you are scared of heights, but if you can hold yourself together till you get to the other side, you are promised some spectacular views