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OK its not a roller coaster or a theme park but In the Taihang Mountains China has opened something quite unique.

 

This is essentially a glass bottomed water slide through the gorgeous mountain scenery. Stretching almost 1.3km down the mountain side with over a 100m in total height difference it certainly looks like great fun.

 

Now why is it glass bottomed? no idea.... Because China?

 

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http://www.he.xinhuanet.com/photo/2017-08/22/c_1121522816_3.htm

 

There's also a very short video of one of the rafts as it nears the bottom of the run. None one of the more scenic sections admittedly but I imagine one of the few easy places to get a photo.

http://weibo.com/tv/v/FhGVo4Re8?fid=1034:d4d233e7b1fdc8b3dba0c53503b3a44b

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Completely unbanked? That looks so strange. I assume perhaps glass is harder to shape into big sweeping turns. At least from that video it doesn't look to move very fast, or that could get pretty uncomfortable in those turns.

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I think I would draw the line at this ride.

 

Like this?

 

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But yeah, this ride (slide? I think it's more a of glass flume, no?) looks totally sketchy in the most beautiful way possible.

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The scenery is pretty but it looks like it is hard to see through the glass floor of the water slide because of the rippling water in the trough. I wonder if you have a better floorless feeling when you are actually on the ride but most of the photos don't appear that the glass is see-thru.

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OK its not a roller coaster or a theme park but In the Taihang Mountains China has opened something quite unique.

 

This is essentially a glass bottomed water slide through the gorgeous mountain scenery. Stretching almost 1.3km down the mountain side with over a 100m in total height difference it certainly looks like great fun.

 

Now why is it glass bottomed? no idea.... Because China?

 

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http://www.he.xinhuanet.com/photo/2017-08/22/c_1121522816_3.htm

 

There's also a very short video of one of the rafts as it nears the bottom of the run. None one of the more scenic sections admittedly but I imagine one of the few easy places to get a photo.

http://weibo.com/tv/v/FhGVo4Re8?fid=1034:d4d233e7b1fdc8b3dba0c53503b3a44b

 

What city would this be close to?

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It would probably be borderline for me trying it. If I were near it I'd probably try it once but I would be a bit nervous. The scenery is beautiful, but the turns aren't banked, the wall is super low, and I would have to hope that the glass is resistant from cracking in the long run. I would love to see if a reputable company like ProSlide built their own version of something like this.

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Honestly the decline appears so gradual, it looks like clunking down a sidewalk with a couple garden hoses providing the water

 

Hmmmm, actually, it looks like the way I ride down city sidewalk hills on my kick scooter. Traverse. Klunk. Traverse. Klunk. Traverse. Klunk!!!

In truth, I could see SKIING this as more pleasant than "fluming" down. At least you could do nice banked turns (unless you face-plant over the mountainside).

 

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