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LAOJUN MOUN­TAIN, CHINA

This pic­ture shows some of the 50 brave souls who, on 3 April, took part in a mass ride along China’s most hair-rais­ing cy­cle path.

The Laojun Moun­tain path is a 1.83m-wide glass walk­way that sticks straight out from the moun­tain’s ver­ti­cal gran­ite cliff face, at a height of 1,006m, or a lit­tle un­der half­way up the 2,216m-tall moun­tain. Each of the rid­ers pic­tured is on the same type of three­wheeled elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cle, namely the iTango from Chi­nese EV man­u­fac­turer Doohan, who spon­sored the dare­devil es­capade with a view to rais­ing aware­ness of the dam­age done by car­bon emis­sions, and of the low-emis­sion al­ter­na­tives that are available.

The two-kilo­me­tre ride would at least have been over fairly quickly: in 2016 around 100 even braver souls camped overnight on the walk­way, in or­der to watch the sun­rise from a moun­tain that is re­garded as a sa­cred site by fol­low­ers of the Tao re­li­gion.

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