Tips for Visiting the Glass Sightseeing Platform in Pinggu Beijing

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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Glass Sightseeing Platform in Pinggu, Beijing. If you have any questions or anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!

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Your Beijing tour definitely will include the bucket list of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, the Great Wall of China and your list could be a bit longer if you stay in Beijing for a longer time.

Today we’d like to introduce to you the thrilling glass sightseeing platform, which is claimed to be the world’s largest glass hanger, hanging 32.8 metres out from the cliff with a jaw-dropping scenic view.

How to get to the huge cliff glass hanger? How to combine your exciting trip with the surrounding attractions on the day excursion for your long stay vacation in Beijing? We are glad to offer you some useful travel tips in this regard.

Tips 1: ABC of the Glass Sightseeing Platform

The glass sightseeing platform, billed as “Flying Disk/UFO”, opened to the public on April 30, 2016. The glass platform hangs 32.8 metres out from the cliff, 11 meters longer than the Grand Canyon Skywalk inside the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States.

The glass platform hangs 32.8 metres out from the cliff,

It is claimed to be the largest sightseeing platform in the world.

The largest sightseeing platform in the world

The transparent sightseeing platform is 800 meters above sea level and 400 meters high from the bottom of the cliff, a thriller for visitors who want to experience the excitement walking in the sky.

400 meters high from the bottom of the cliff

Those who have acrophobia are not recommended to step on the transparent breathtaking glass floor.

Those who have acrophobia are not recommended

Statistics about the glass platform
Weight: 320 tons; Maximum Load: 150 tons; Maximum theoretical Capacity : 1900 people ( in practice, maximum 200 on the platform for safety reason)
Hanging Distance: 32 meters; Platform Diameter: 26 meters
Taking an area of 415 square meters

Tip 2: Safety

The sightseeing platform is constructed with titanium alloys, which are widely utilized in aeronautical and space fields, but first time for daily life until today in China.

The sightseeing platform is constructed with titanium alloys

The purpose of using titanium alloys to build this platform is to ensure the safety of all the visitors on the platform.

In practice, maximum 200 people are allowed on the platform for safety reason.

Tip 3: Location

The glass sightseeing platform is hung out from the cliff on the highest peak inside Shilin Gorge (Shilinxia Scenic Area) in Pinggu District, Beijing.

Entrance to Shilinxia Scenic Area

The Shilinxia Scenic Area (石林峡) is a good destination out of Beijing city center to touch the unique stone and rock formations in a 6-km long valley or gorge. “Shilinxia” literally means “stone forest gorge”.

Diaowo Village and Huangongyun Reservior seen from the glass platform

The gorge is located in Diaowo Village at Huangsongyu Township of Pinggu District, about 100km northeast of Beijing city proper.

Located about 100km northeast of Beijing city proper

Besides its official name as “Shilinxia Scenic Area“, it also has several different names such as “Jingdong Stone Forest Gorge”, “Pinggu Stone Forest Gorge” and “Jingdong Stone Canyon”.

Address: No. 73 Diao Wo Village, Huangsong Yu Xiang, Pinggu District, Beijing
北京市平谷区黄松峪乡雕窝村73号
Tel: 010-60987678

Tip 4: Entry Fees

Entrance Fee for Shilinxia Scenic Area : 78 RMB
Children under 1.2 meters are free of charge
Entry fee for the glass sightseeing platform inside Shilinxia Scenic Area : 40 RMB
Cable Car (one way): 100 RMB

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 7:30-16:00 a.m
Saturday and Sunday (holidays) : 7:00-16:30 a.m
Note: closed in winter season

The Huge Glass UFO PLatform

Tip 5: How to get up on to the platform

When arriving at Shixialin Scenic Area,  you have two ways to go up on to the glass platform – Walking up or taking the cable up.

Climb up or Cable up

It is over one and half hours’ strenuous walk from the valley bottom up to the platform. But even if you choose to take cable up, you still need to scramble up for about 20 minutes from the upper cable station before you get to the platform.

Even you use cable car service,  you still need to climb up for about 20 minutes before you reach the platform.

Even you use cable car service, you still need to climb up for about 20 minutes

Tip 6: How to Get There

To get to the Shilinxia Scenic Area,you may take the public bus 852 ( Bus fare 16 yuan)) from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub for Pinggu District

Arriving at Pinggu District Bus Terminal, then you change for the local bus No.25 ( Bus Fare 5 yuan ) for the Pinggu Stone Forest Gorge or Valley. Bus 25 is quite frequent. Total journey is around 2-2.5hr from Dongzhimen Transport hub.

The bus 25 keeps going the same direction where you come from with bus 852.  On the bus 25 you shouldn’t worry not to find the drop off 25. The bus takes a while to go there but at the end you will see when you have to get off.  You can pay the bus and it costs 5 yuan each person. You just have to drop the money into the box next the bus driver.

On the way back, just take the same 25 bus where you get off. To get off the bus you just have to pay attention when you are back in the city. You will see that and it’s the point where almost everybody leaves the bus. But you will recognize also where you have to get off when You see the “Chinese lanterns”  on the street light.

You may get off at stations no 7 and this is exactly where the bus hub is to take the bus no. 852. If you miss to get off at stop 7 from bus 25 you shouldn’t worry. Just take the next, or the next after. The bus stops really often on that big street. But than of course you have to stay on that street to take the bus 852.

Dongzhimen Transport Hub (东直门交通枢纽) – Pinggu Bus Terminal  (平谷汽车站)
Bus No.852

First Bus: 6:30 am; Last Bus: 7:30 pm
Drive Time: 2 hours ( 19 stops )
Bus Fare: 16 yuan

Pinggu Bus Terminal  (平谷汽车站)- Pinggu Shilixia Scenic Area ( Glass Sightseeing Platform) 石林峡
Bus No.25

First Bus: 6:30 am; Last Bus: 7:30 pm
Drive Time: Half an hour ( 7 stops )
Bus Fare: 6 yuan

Check out Private Day Tour to Glass Sightseeing Platform.

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For self-drive, just drive along the Jingping Expressway and get off at Pinggu District and follow the road sign leading to the Shilingxia scenic Area.

Tip 7: Nearby Attractions in Pinggu District

As you know the gorge is located in Diaowo Village. The village itself is an interesting place to explore the suburban life in Beijing, having a bite of the local village food, drinking, barbecuing, fishing and more.

The Shilinxia Scenic Area is only 10km to the north of Jingdong Karst Cave, both of which are part of Pinggu Huangsongyu National Geopark. Many travelers would like to put the two attractions together on a day trip.

More attractions close to the glass sightseeing platform includes:
1) Flying Dragon Valley
2) Bolitai Great Wall
3) Jinhai Lake
4) The Best Place to View Peach Flowers in Beijing

Tip 8: Hassle-Free Private Tour to Visit the Glass Sightseeing Platform

If you don’t want go the daunting do-it-yourself-route and prefer an organized hassle-free private tour to visit the glass sightseeing platform, no worry and we have the following options:

Beijing Family Visit Springtime Day Tour
Beijing Family Visit Summer Day Tour
Beijing Family Visit Autumn Day Tour

Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
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Beijing Winter Tour
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93 Responses to “Tips for Visiting the Glass Sightseeing Platform in Pinggu Beijing”

  1. Shashi says:

    can you please tell me, How can I go there from Jinan city?

  2. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Shashi,

    First you take the high speed train from Jinan (济南) to Beijing (Beijing South Railway Station ) where you connect the subway line 4,then interchange for subway line 2 and get to Dongzhimen Transportation hub. Then get to the glass sightseeing platform using the public transportation mentioned in the travel blog.

  3. Yanto Giri says:

    Dear Sir/madam,

    I have plan to visit China on May 2017. Here is my itenary : Kuala Lumpur – Beijing – Xi’an – Hunnan – Kuala Lumpur. Could please let me know the route for train from Beijing – Xi’an – Hunnan.
    Can I buy the ticket on the spot or buy online.

  4. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Yanto Giri

    You’d better buy your tickets online in advance. Please check out the train tickets booking website below to plan your China train tour:

    http://english.ctrip.com/trains/

    Have a good time in China!

  5. DIRK SMETS says:

    Hello,

    I will be in Beijing on 22 July 2016 around noon. I will have the rest of the day free and would like to visit the Glass Sightseeing Platform in Pinggu Beijing.
    Can you please tell me how I can book a private or organized tour to this place?
    What would be the prices? How much time would I have to make this tour?
    Hope you can help me out.

    Thank you.

    Dirk Smets

  6. Daniel says:

    Hi DIRK SMETS,

    You may hire a private car taking you there and you buy the entrance ticket on your own. For the car rental prices, please check out the link ( http://www.tour-beijing.com/car_rental/) and you email us at info@tour-beijing.com for the quotations. This blog is only for general questions.

    Hope you have a good time in Beijing!

  7. Jane says:

    Hello! Tell me please how long does it take to get to the Shulinxia Scenic Area from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub by bus?

  8. Daniel says:

    Hi Jane,

    It takes about 3-4 hours.

  9. pramuditha says:

    hello
    i am planing to visit both glass bridge and crast cave in one day. but i want to manage my time in proper guidance. please let me know if i used 852 bus from Dongzhimen early morning in week day how long will it take to pinggu bus terminal. please let me know the name in chinese (bus stop) and then bus 25 how many stops do i need to go and get down stop name in chinese. while comming back also krast cave station name in chinese and how many stops from glass bridge. please advice me on proper guidence to manage my time
    regards
    pramuditha

  10. Daniel says:

    Hi pramuditha,

    1. Bus from Dongzhimen to Shilinxia 石林峡, the Gorge (glass sightseeing platform ): 96km, about 4-5 hours and bus fare 21 yuan
    Personally I’ve no experience using the public transport going from Dongzhimen to the Gorge ( glass sightseeing platform ). The whole bus trip takes about 4 hours according to Baidu ( Chinese version of Google ). It’s too time-consuming.

    First you take bus 852 from Dongzhimen and get off at the 15th stop of 平谷世纪广场站 ( Pinggu Century Square ) and then get on the Bus 25 from 平谷世纪广场站 ( Pinggu Century Square ) and get off at the 14 stop of 石林峡 (the Gorge for Glass sightseeing platform).

    2. Bus from the Gorge ( 石林峡 ) to Jingdong Karst Cave (京东大溶洞): 40 minutes; 8 km and bus fare 2 yuan
    You again take the Bus 25 going from the Gorge and get off at the stop of Jingdong Kast Cave ( 京东大溶洞)

    3. Bus from the Cave to Dongzhimen Transportation Hub: 4-5 hours, 88km and 20 yuan
    You first take the bus 25 from the Cave and get off at the 9th stop of Pinggu Fire Brigade (平谷消防队), then connect the Bus 852 and get off at the final stop of Dongzhimen Transport Hub.

    You may ask why 4-5 hours for the single trip from Dongzhimen to the Gorge? I think it is due to the less frequency of Bus 25.

  11. kimeli says:

    who is the architect behind this fascinating deck and what was his/her concept

  12. Daniel says:

    Hi Kimeli,

    There isn’t any online information on the architect behind this fascinating deck and the concept. If we find any information, we’ll let you know.

  13. May says:

    Can I get a taxi from Gubei Water Town to Shilinxia and a taxi from Shilinxia to Pinggu District Bus Terminal to catch Bus 852 back to Dongzhimen? Cheers!

  14. Daniel says:

    Hi May,

    You may take the local taxis or private cars. In your case, I suggest you arrange your own transport ( hire a car in advance ) because the local public transport is very tricky.

  15. Jessica says:

    Hi, I’m visiting Beijing this December. Is this place open at winter? Also how to get there from Wangfujin? What bus number and subway line we need to get there? Thanks!

  16. Daniel says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Yes, it is open in winter.

    It is a bit tricky to use the public bus syeterm ( no subway yet ) to get to Shilin Gorge for the glass sightseeing platform. To get to the Shilinxia Scenic Area ( Shilin Gorge ),you need take the public bus 852 or 918 from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub for Pinggu District.

    Check out the link below for more information on Dongzhimen Transportation Hub:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/beijing-travel/dongzhimen-public-transport-hub

    Have a nice time in Beijing!

    The Bus 852 is faster than Bus 918. Arriving at Pinggu District Bus Terminal, then you change for the local bus No.25 for the Pinggu Stone Forest Gorge or Valley ( Shilin Gorge – 石林峡).

  17. Lionel Mina says:

    Hi, Is it possible to avoid cable car and climb by yourself?
    If yes, how difficult is it? Thanks!

  18. Daniel says:

    Hi Lionel Mina,

    The glass sightseeing platform is fixed at the place with the sea level of 800 meters. The walk up to the platform takes about 2-3 hours. Even if you take a cable car, you still need to walk for about half hour to get to the top. There are stone stepes leading up to the platform.

    Have a nice time!

  19. Daniel says:

    Hi Lionel Mina,

    Happy Holidays!

    Yes, you can climb up to the platform, which takes about 2-3 hours. Even if you tale the cable car up, you still need to climb up for about half an hour. The glass sightseeing platform is located at the sea level of 800 meters. There are stone steps leading up to the platform. You can guess the engery you you need to walk for 2-3 hours up to the platform.

    Have a nice time!

  20. Shabeer says:

    We are, 12 adults, 17 children (over 6 and under 18) , 4 children are under 6. We are in Changping district of Beijing.We want good one day tour trip to this location. Which is best tour trip agency. how to contact them for sponsoring complete trip. thanks.

  21. Daniel says:

    Hi Shabeer,

    Happy Holidays!

    Our office is closed for 5 days ( Jan 27 – 31, 2017) to celebrate the biggest holiday season in China.

    We’ll be back to work on Feb 01, 2017. If you need our sevice till then, please email us at info@tour-beijing.com.

    Have a nice time in Beijing!

  22. cherry says:

    is it easier to take a Taxi from Gubei water town going to this glass platform? how much would that cost? and how do i go to dongzhimen area from this pinggu?thanks!

  23. cherry mae says:

    Do you hava a private tour for Simatai Great wall, Gubei water town and Shilinxia Scenic Area probably for the month of April? how much?

  24. Daniel says:

    Dear Cherry Mae,

    Thanks for your inquiry! One of our trip advsiors will contact you by email later today. Much appreciated!

  25. Sharon says:

    I plan to go to Gubei water town on 2nd week of June. Stay overnight there and next day go to Shilinxia Scenic Area. Is there such tour available ?

  26. Daniel says:

    Dear Sharon,

    Thanks for your inquiry! But unfortunately we don’t have such tours as you like. Thanks!

  27. finci michal says:

    hi, l want to go to the glass platform in shilinxia on may 19, this friday,and i wanted to be sure it is open for visitors.thank you for a quick replay,michal

  28. Daniel says:

    Dear Finci Michal,

    Yes, as far as I know, it is open. Have a nice trip!

  29. HELYANTI HAMDAN says:

    We just got back from Beijing few weeks ago. We went to Shilinxia on 11 May 2017 (Thursday). From our hotel (near Sichahai Line 8 Subway station) we took a bus 107 to Dongzhimen Transport Hub. Then we took bus 852 and stop at Ping Gu Shu Ji Guang Chang (平谷世纪广场)station.

    We saw bus 25 passing by but not stopping at this stop. It made a left turn at the road intersection. Hence we had to cross the road and board the bus 25 at Da Shi Chang (大市场) (stop 9). Then we stop at Stop 25 Shilinxia (石林峡)。 Bus 25 is quite frequent. I think it is 5-10min once. Last bus to return to Pinggu is at 6pm. Total journey is around 2-2.5hr from Dongzhimen Transport hub. We got a good sleep throughout the journey. We passed by a lot of orchard, it must be a nice view we came earlier during blossom time.

    Bus fare for return journey costs around 22 RMB when using transport card.
    In most buses, there’re route info & station name (written in Mandarin and/or English). There’s also LED screen & voice notification mentioning the name of each stops upon arrival.

    Entry fee is 78 RMB. Cable car for 1 way is 100RMB (200 RMB for return). Ticket to glass sightseeing platform is 40 RMB.

    There’s 3 route to the peak. We took a wrong route that requires 3 hours hike (without cable car). After 30 min, we decided to turn back. Then we took a cable car up but then we had to hike steep stairs before reaching the peak. This is quite energy draining. Going back we took cable car at the other side and enjoy strolling along the gorge, river & waterfall area. Recommended route is the other way around.

  30. Daniel says:

    Dear HELYANTI HAMDAN,

    Thanks for your update! Much appreciated!

  31. Sadhana says:

    Hi, is UFO glass platform open around 12th August 2017? I am planning to visit there. It would be really great help to know if it is open or not. Thank you.

  32. Daniel says:

    Dear Sadhana,

    Basically it should be open to the public except under the most extreme weather conditions.

  33. Max says:

    Hi 🙂

    I’ll be in Beijing from 30 August until 02 September 2017 and would like to visit the glass platform on one of the days. It would be very appreciated for me if you could inform whether the platform is open for public access on these dates. As I understand, the return trip thereto takes the whole day, so I wouldn’t like to spend the day and be ultimately disappointed because of its closure for any reasons.

    Thanks)

  34. Daniel says:

    Dear Max,

    As far as I know, the platform is open 30 August until 02 September 2017 except under extreme weather or something urgent. Basically it will be open. Good luck to you!

  35. Sumiya says:

    Hello, I really interested in this glass platform. From the 1st of Oct to 7th of Oct i will be in Beijing. My address is Dingchunde hotel, GaoYuan street, ChaoYang District, Beijing. How can i get there, Help me please ☺️☺️☺️

  36. Daniel says:

    Dear Sumiya,

    It is not easy to use public transport ( Time-consuming ) to get there. Just do as the transport guide on the page:

    How to Get There
    To get to the Shilinxia Scenic Area (glass sightseeing platform),you may take the public bus 852 or 918 from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub for Pinggu District.

    The Bus 852 is faster than Bus 918. Arriving at Pinggu District Bus Terminal, then you change for the local bus No.25 for the Pinggu Stone Forest Gorge or Valley.

    Below is the update on Bus 852 & Bus 25 by HELYANTI HAMDAN:

    We just got back from Beijing few weeks ago. We went to Shilinxia on 11 May 2017 (Thursday). From our hotel (near Sichahai Line 8 Subway station) we took a bus 107 to Dongzhimen Transport Hub. Then we took bus 852 and stop at Ping Gu Shu Ji Guang Chang (平谷世纪广场)station.

    We saw bus 25 passing by but not stopping at this stop. It made a left turn at the road intersection. Hence we had to cross the road and board the bus 25 at Da Shi Chang (大市场) (stop 9). Then we stop at Stop 25 Shilinxia (石林峡)。 Bus 25 is quite frequent. I think it is 5-10min once. Last bus to return to Pinggu is at 6pm. Total journey is around 2-2.5hr from Dongzhimen Transport hub. We got a good sleep throughout the journey. We passed by a lot of orchard, it must be a nice view we came earlier during blossom time.

    Bus fare for return journey costs around 22 RMB when using transport card.
    In most buses, there’re route info & station name (written in Mandarin and/or English). There’s also LED screen & voice notification mentioning the name of each stops upon arrival.

  37. Ali says:

    Hi, a family of 4 would like a one day trip to the glass platform, need a car to take us there and back, please send me cost details and timings, some time in november 2017, I live in haidian district. Many thanks!

  38. Daniel says:

    Dear Ali,

    Awfully sorry for my delayed reply! One of our trip advisors will contact you later today. Thanks!

  39. sahar.m says:

    Hi
    I wan to travel to Beijing
    in what months the Beijing glass is closed?
    I want to travel to Beijing in December, Is it open at that time?

    Thanks

  40. Daniel says:

    Dear sahar.m,

    As far as I know, the glass sightseeing platform will be closed in winter.

  41. Christian Dale Patacsil says:

    Hi,

    I would like to inquire if the glass sightseeing platform is closed on December 7 or 8. If yes, please provide rate for 1 pax tour. I am willing to share with other tourists/guests.

  42. Saranthorn says:

    Hi!

    my boyfriend and I plan to visit UFO sightseeing platform next week, Is it still open during that time? or how can I check if it open or not?

    Is this place far from Simatai Great wall or not ? Hence, I am thinking about go to Simatai Great wall and W town after going to UFO platform in the same day and sleepover at W town for a night, is it possible?

    Thank you so much

  43. Daniel says:

    Dear Saranthorn,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    One of my colleagues will contact you for your question. Much appreciated!

  44. Daniel says:

    Dear Christian Dale Patacsil,

    Thanks for your inquiry! One of my staff members will contact you for the details. Much appreciated!

  45. kamal says:

    hi, me i my wife plan to visit ufo sightseeing platform first week of march is it still open that time? planing to do in 1 day

  46. Daniel says:

    Dear kamal,

    As far as I know, it will reopen on March,2018. Have a nice time!

  47. kamal says:

    hi daniel, you know what date they reopen in march and how much it cost me from downtown beijing car and guide or if there is any group tour. thanks

  48. Daniel says:

    Dear kamal,

    We’ve learned that the glass sightseeing platform will be open in March, any day in March.

    No join-in group to visit the platform. You’d have to use public transport ( not suggested, daunting ) or arrange your own transport – hire a car or with w guide, which will be very expensive.

    Suggest you go with others to split the cost of private transport.

  49. Mohamed says:

    Hello,

    Is it possible to take a Taxi from Beijing to the glass platform? There is a big chance that we will stay in the centre of the City Beijing.

    And is the bus trip complicated?

    Thanks in advance.

    Mohamed

  50. Daniel says:

    Dear Mohamed,

    As far as I know, the the glass platform is closed during the winter season.

    You’d better arrange your own transport or share with others to split the cost. Yes, the public transport is a bit complicated.

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