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Tips for Visiting the Glass Sightseeing Platform in Pinggu Beijing

Sunday, February 4th, 2018
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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.

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
Adult: 78 RMB
Cable Car (one way): 50 RMB (Weekday); 100 RMB Single  ( Weekend or Public Holiday )
Opening hours: 8:30 – 17:30 (closed in winter season)
Entry for the glass sightseeing platform :20 RMB

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 plaform – Walking up or taking the cable up.

Climb up or Cable up

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

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


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:

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

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