Challenge your morbid fear of heights at these places in Asia
ARE you the type of traveler who is truly unbreakable? Yearning for a taste of adventure a couple of thousand feet up a mountain? Want to face your morbid fear of heights head on?
We know a couple of places in Asia where you can take on the challenge.
In China, for example, there is a new way to enjoy the country’s lush mountainous landscapes. But it is not for the weakhearted.
If you have got acrophobia, which is an extreme and sometimes irrational fear of heights, you would probably be too distracted by your sweaty palms and quivering jelly legs to appreciate the stunning views.
Thrillseeking adventurers, however, will lap up every moment – even gazing downward while standing or walking across, occasionally whipping out a camera to snap pictures.
Does the idea of crossing a crystal clear bridge or standing on a glass-bottomed platform in a skyscraper excite you? Then you need to put the following on your travel bucket list:
Shanghai, China: Oriental Pearl Tower
Standing loud and proud at The Bund in the Chinese business district of Shanghai is the Oriental Pearl Tower.
The 468-meter tall building is hard to miss, thanks to its iconic “large and small pearls” architectural design.
Its 150-meter-long glass-bottomed sightseeing corridor on the upper ball, which offers a 360-degree view of Shanghai, is a must-visit.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge
There is little doubt that the Petronas Twin Towers, one of the tallest twin towers in the world, is an architectural wonder.
And those visiting the towers may score a chance to see and walk in one of tallest skybridges in the world.
The double-decker bridge connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors, designed to slide in and out of the towers to prevent it from breaking.
Zhangjiajie, China: Tianmen Skywalk
Tianmen, which means “heavenly gate,” towers over the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China.
It is home to a terrifying glass walkway called the “Coiling Dragon Cliff” which sits 4,7000 feet up the mountain.
The bridge slithers around the mountain for 200 feet, offering dramatic views of the mountainous summits and dense foliage underneath.
Penang, Malaysia: Rainbow Skywalk
Located on the sunny island of Penang is Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR), Penang’s tallest building since 1985.
Recently, the building acquired a new addition which will put your acrophobic dizziness to a real test – the Rainbow Skywalk.
It is a semi-circle glass path which using the same glass flooring as America’s Grand Canyon Skywalk and juts several meters out of the KOMTAR.
Hong Kong, China: Ngong Ping 360
Getting on a cable car can be a daunting experience because it feels like your life is hanging on a “thread” (cable).
But in Hong Kong, the experience is turned up a notch with the Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride, the first of its kind in the territory.
Its crystal cabin has a glass bottom gives riders a thrilling view of the boundless sea and the rolling grassland slopes right underneath their feet.