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.

Check out Private Day Tour to Glass Sightseeing Platform.

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
tips1. Brief Introduction to 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: 32o tons; Maximum Load: 150 tons; Maximum Capacity: 2000 people
Hanging Distance: 32 meters; Platform Diameter: 26 meters
Taking an area of 415 square meters

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.

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, 100km east 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”.

4. Entry Fees
Entrance Fee for Shilinxia Scenic Area : 78 RMB
Entry fee for the glass sightseeing platform inside Shilinxia Scenic Area : 40 RMB
Cable Car (one way): 50 RMB (Weekday); 100 RMB ( Weekend or Public Holiday )
Opening hours: 8:30 – 17:30 (closed in winter season)

The Huge Glass UFO PLatform

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

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.Bu

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 ( 11 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.

7. The Surrounding Attractions in Pinggu, Beijing
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

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:

Check out Private Day Tour to Glass Sightseeing Platform.

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

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street
Any questions,  just drop a line.

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68 Responses to “Tips for Visiting the Glass Sightseeing Platform in Pinggu Beijing”

  1. BuMoRi says:

    Hello,
    I am interested in visiting this bridge: www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201712/22/WS5a3c419fa31008cf16da2bd1.html
    How do I get there by public transport from Beijing?
    Thanks in advance.

  2. Daniel says:

    Dear BuMoRi,

    Happy New Year!

    Basically you first take the high speed train from Beijing South Railway Station to the city of Shijiazhuang (石家庄). After reaching Shijiazhuang, you take a local taxi to Shijiazhuang North Bus Station ( 客运北站) where you take the special the glass-bridge oriented bus from the north bus station to the longest glass bridge.

    The longest the bridge is located about 70 km to the northeast of Shijiahzuang City.

    Have a fun!

    河北省石家庄市平山县温塘镇板山村

  3. BuMoRi says:

    Hi Daniel, thank you for your answer, Happy New Year!
    Do you know something about prices for Glass-Bridge?

  4. Daniel says:

    Dear BuMoRi,

    The entrance fee is 50 yuan. Have a fun!

  5. MicoKiko says:

    Do you have a day tour by early or Mid March? All he tours that I saw starts by springtime. We are planning to go by March. Thanks

  6. Daniel says:

    Dear MicoKiko,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    As for the glass platform tours, please send your inquiry by email to our Tour Beijing Team at info@tour-beijing.com . Thanks!

  7. Hassan Kakakhel says:

    Hello
    I wanted to visit the glad platform but I wanted to know that will it be available for foreigners on 7th of February 2018 or not

  8. Daniel says:

    Dear Hassan Kakakhel,

    Thanks for your inquiry! But as far as I know it will be open in March. Basically it is closed in winter season.

  9. Sahul Kumar says:

    Hi what is the ticket price for Hebei Hongyagu glass bridge.

  10. Daniel says:

    Dear Sahul Kumar,

    I’ve just checked online and the entrance fee is 300 yuan. The entrance covers the admission to Hongyagu Scenic Area.

  11. Christin Przemuß says:

    Hey guys, just wanna give a little more detailed update from today. The update helped us a lot but once we were a little lost with the bus we had to take:

    1. until taking the bus 852 was everything fine but afterwards taking the bus 25 is easier than written. The bus leaves on the same side where u leave the bus 852. the bus 25 takes keeps going the same direction where u came from with bus 852. no need to cross the street (or u will take the wrong direction).

    2. on the bus 25 u shouldn’t worry not to find the drop off 25. the bus takes a while to go there but at the end u will see when u have to get off. In the Biss I won’t be able to read normal letters. But where Chinese people have to pass there bus ticket, u will find out on which station u are so u can follow the stops by reading The chinese letters comparing them with the list in the bus! U can pay the bus and it costs 5 yuan each person. U just have to drop the money into the box next the bus driver.

    3. the entrance costs 78 yuan. Smoking is forbidden and they take ur lighter. Hide it before u go there 🙂 or u won’t have it anymore.
    To take the cable lift it costs 100 yuan – always! For each way
    To go up there is not thaaat hard incl. the cablelift. My mom (65 years) made it.
    Each the entrance, the cable lift and the platform u have to pay at different cashiers.
    The entrance to the platform costs 20 yuan.

    4. on the way back i was kinda nervous cause we didnt know exactly where we have to go.
    Just take The same 25 bus where u got off. To get off the bus u just have to pay attention when u are back in the city. U will see that and it’s the point where almost everybody leaves the bus. But u will recognize also where u have to get off when u see the „Chinese lanterns“ on the street light. We got off at stations no 7 and this is exactly where the bus hub is to take the bus no 852. the bus leaves again from the street where u first left this bus. It will make a uturn to go back. If u miss to get off at stop 7 from bus 25 u shouldnt worry. Just take the next, or the next after. The bus stops really often on that big street. But than of course u have to stay on that street to take the bus 852.

    It was nice to have been there. Our reception in Beijing didn’t recommend me that place cause it would be too far from Beijing 😋

  12. Daniel says:

    Dear Christin Przemuß,

    Thanks for your update! Much appreciated!

  13. Ed says:

    Is glass platform open tomorrow? Six
    people (three adults three teenagers)staying Beijing Friendship Hotel. How much for guided day tour?

  14. Daniel says:

    Dear Ed,

    Thanks for your inquiry! But Our office is closed tomorrow due to the Chinese public holiday – Qingming Festival.

    As for the price, please check out the link below:

    www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductDetail-g294212-d12566297-Private_Day_Tour_to_Jingdong_Karst_Cave_including_Shilinxia_Glass_Platform-Beijing.html

    Any questions, just drop a line. Much appreciated!

  15. BuMoRi says:

    Entry for glass platform: 40 RMB. I was there yesterday.

  16. Daniel says:

    Dear BuMoRi,

    Thanks for your latest update on the entry fee for the platform. Much appreciated!

  17. Sathish Nandakumar says:

    Hi Guys,

    Need an information about the timings of glass bridge.
    Also please tell me, is it open during this season ?

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    sathish.

  18. Daniel says:

    Dear Sathish Nandakumar,

    1. The glass platform is only closed in winter season;

    2. The glass platform is inside Shilinxia Scenic Area. Shilinxia Scenic Area is open from 07:30 am to 06:00 pm.

    Have a nice time!

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