Top 10 Awesome Skywalks in the World

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Love adventure and love heights? Skywalks are where you should be found. In an urban setting, a skyway, catwalk, skybridge, or skywalk is a type of pedway consisting of an enclosed or covered bridge between two buildings. However, they have come to mean much more as they have been added to natural wonders. Some of the most beautiful yet daring skywalks provide you with the most spectacular views of the best natural wonders of the world. The best ten are listed below.


1. CN Tower in LA

CN Tower in LA

The CN Tower lets you live on the edge, literally. The biggest circular skywalk allows visitors to experience a hands-free walk along the 1.5 metre ledge, enjoying stunning, open-air views of Toronto and Lake Ontario from 356 metres above the ground. You are suspended from the top and you walk on the edge of the circular rim. When you’re suspended high above with absolutely nothing for back-up, you understand this walk is not meant for those with a weak heart. Even the most daring people can be scared to go on this walk. If you are daring but don’t want to live on the ‘edge’, visual attractions are also available on lower and safer grounds. They have a glass floor slightly lower. This floor has only 2.5in of glass suspending visitors 113 stories above the ground. Higher than this is an additional 33 storeys to Sky Pod, where you can see a beautiful 360 degree view of Toronto from 1,465ft.


2. Aurland Outlook in Aurland, Norway

Aurland Outlook in Aurland, Norway

If you are an adrenaline junkie, Aurland Outlook is what you need to visit. This skywalk is not just thrilling, it is fantabulous. The fantastic structure seems like the perfect platform for a daredevil act. Architects Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen were commissioned to design a scenic rest-stop 2000ft above Aurland fjord in Norway and came up with this that won them the first prize in Norwegian tourist routes competition. It is curvaceous and stunning, just as beautiful as the views around it. Its literally seamless end gives you such an adrenaline rush that heightens the experience of this breathtaking view. See the end there? This structure is not for the faint-hearted. But not to worry, a discreet, unframed glass panel keeps you from falling!


3. Langkawi Sky Bridge in Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi Sky Bridge in Langkawi, Malaysia

A picture of this bridge makes your heart skip a beat as you see the lone bridge surrounded by high forests. The Langkawi Sky Bridge is one of the major attractions of the island. The 410ft-long curved pedestrian bridge above Mount Mat Cinchang offers stunning views and is great for some adventure. Located 2,300ft above sea level, the Sky Bridge is easily accessible by the Langkawi Cable Car. The journey to the top starts out at the Oriental Village in the upper northwest of Langkawi Island, near Pantai Kok. You can treat your eyes to the views of Langkawi’s second-highest and the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls and the rainforest. Those with a fear of heights might be a little afraid of the altitude, but it is a very safe bridge with double steel railings and an enclosed wire mesh. The 1.8m wide bridge has two triangular platforms that act as ‘stops’ where you can admire the view and rest your feet.


4. Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, China

Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, China

On one side a sheer rock face, on the other a 4,000ft drop – the only thing separating the brave traveler from a deadly plunge is a 3ft-wide, 2.5in thick walkway. Inspired by the skywalk in the Grand Canyon, the path running alongside the mountainside is made out of glass, allowing a crystal-clear view of where one false step can take you. The skywalk is situated 4,700ft above sea level on the side of the Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, China. The 200ft long bridge joins the west cliff at the Yunmeng Fairy Summit, the summit of Tianmen Mountain and Zhang Jiajie. A pure adventure, this skywalk is a must for those who are not daunted by heights and love the idea of hanging between life and death. Tourists are asked to wear shoe covers because it appears to be too scary for cleaners!


5. Shanghai World Financial Centre

Shanghai World Financial Centre

This bottle-opener shaped building has not just an external attraction but an internal thrill too. At almost half a kilometer in the air, the 55-meter Skywalk observation corridor spans the top of the square gap at the summit of the Shanghai World Financial Center. Its angled glass walls and see-through floor panels make you feel as if you are leaning over the edge and makes for a highly hallucinatory experience. A lighter and easier option is the Skywalk 97 at a mere 439 meters with a glass roof that opens up. The world’s highest observatory, it surrounds visitors with glass on three sides and has fabulous view of the famous riverside Bund.


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