Boasting thousands of years of history, China is one of the oldest civilisations in the world. But the country sometimes known as the Middle Kingdom doesn’t just offer glimpses of an ancient culture. Jaw-dropping modern attractions are set to lure tourists from around the world to the Asian nation. With more planned, here are four of the most impressive projects:
- Grand Canyon glass bridge
- Sightseeing escalator
Grand Canyon glass bridge
If you think you’ve got a head for heights, you should pay a visit to this 430-metre long, six-metre wide, glass bridge in Hunan. The view from the structure standing 300 metres above the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is phenomenal. First opened in August 2016, the walkway is now the highest and longest glass bridge of its kind in the world.
In the future, the operators aim to offer bungee jumping and zip lining for those who want an extra high-rise thrill.
Taking in the sights is one of the most rewarding parts of any trip but it can be hard work too. Running around until your feet hurt can make travelling stressful. But it doesn’t have to be. The Chinese have found a solution to this problem: a sightseeing escalator. In the central province of Hubei, the 688-metre construction carries up to 7,000 tourists per hour through the Enshi Grand Canyon. At the summit, the rested traveller will be rewarded with breathtaking views over rivers, valleys and mountains.
Why not rebuild an entire city? We’ve seen it on a small scale with hotels in Las Vegas and their replica landmarks like the Eiffel Tower. But China wants to create something worthy of poetry. Shakespeare’s English birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon is to be recreated in its original size in the southern city of Fuzhou with Tudor buildings and a river called Avon.
The place will bear the official name “Sanweng”, meaning “three masters”, because it will also be a tribute to the writers Miguel de Cervantes and Tang Xianzu. Parts of Cervantes` Spanish hometown Alcalá de Henares and a Roman church will be integrated into the reconstruction set to be a culture vulture’s dream.
China is an enormous country with a huge population, but even by their standards, this idea for a new tourism park appears gigantic. A flying theatre, an amusement park, a theme park for marine life, a stadium with 10,000 seats and a futuristic high-tech zone for kids are part of the project at Mount Tai in Shandong Province.
The envisaged cost is around £7.5 billion and the entire complex will cover 290 hectares in an area the size of more than 400 football fields. Construction is planned to run from 2017 to 2021 when the first of about 20 million visitors per year will arrive.