Week in travel: China to open world’s highest bungee jump

Wales sells an entire island for $540,000, while Emirates unveil windowless aircraft, and Japan removes 80 per cent of Airbnb hosts

Adrenaline junkies will soon have the chance to experience a stunt of their lifetime. China has decided to equip the highest glass-bottom bridge in the world that lies over the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with a new bungee jumping platform.

The 260-meter-high ramp will open in August 2018 and once operating, it will be the world’s highest bungee jump.

The 260-meter-high ramp will be the world's highest bungee jump — unge255_photostock / Shutterstock Week in travel: China to open world’s highest bungee jump
The 260-meter-high ramp will be the world’s highest bungee jump – unge255_photostock / Shutterstock

“What makes the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Bungee Jump special is that the jump will offer some really good views of the unusual landscape of Zhangjiajie,” Joe Chen, deputy general manager of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Tourism Management, told CNN Travel.

“Thanks to the glass-bottom walkway, visitors on the bridge can just look down and see someone bungee jumping.”

The new construction will beat the current record holder, the Macau Tower Bungy Jump, by 27 metres.

“It’ll be different from the Macau Tower Bungy Jump because bungee-jumping off a bridge doesn’t require a guided cable so you’ll have the feeling of free-falling,” Chen added.

Nearly 80 per cent of Airbnb hosts in Japan removed

The land of the rising sun has joined the efforts of other popular destinations and has launched regulation of the shared economy platform, Airbnb.

Hosts’ advertising now has to comply with legislation called minpaku, which deals with private home-sharing and will take effect next week.

According to the Japanese paper Nikkei, Airbnb stopped displaying listings from hosts in Japan that had not obtained permission to operate on Monday.

Out of 62,000 properties in Japan, Airbnb now displays only 13,800, which means around 80 per cent of the properties were removed.

To become listed again, hosts are required to register for permission to share their home with the federal government.

“We have long-supported the home sharing law in Japan, we worked with the government to craft it, and we believe it will help more people share their homes on Airbnb. The lack of clear rules for home sharing has made many people reluctant to take the next step and host. The law in Japan solves that problem,” Airbnb said in a statement.

Wales is about to sell an entire island with a fort for less than a cost of a flat in London

If you’ve ever dreamt of living on an isolated island protected by a fortress dating to the era of Napoleon III, now’s your chance. And all for less than moving to an apartment in the capital of the UK.

An entire Welsh island off the coast of Pembrokeshire that is home to Stack Rock Fort, a Grade-II listed fortification built between 1850 and 1852, is up for sale for only $540,000.

Despite being currently uninhabitable, the property “represents an enormously lucrative and exciting opportunity, with limitless development potential”, said McRoss McKenzie of Purplebricks, the property agent looking after the fort.  

“Imagine, for example, a cable car being built from the mainland which ferries guests over to a unique, boutique hotel? With the right imagination and investment, it could become a stunning property which would do wonders for the local area.”

So what are you waiting for?

Finnish travel writer becomes first European woman to get Saudi driving license

Laura Alho, a travel writer from Finland, has managed something only a few women in Saudi Arabia have. On Wednesday, she successfully obtained her driving license in the country and has become the first European women to accomplish it.

“Got my Saudi driving license today! They told me I was the first European woman to get the license today,” Laura said in her tweet.

She also expressed her excitement that everyone involved in the process was kind and supportive while people encouraged her to enjoy and look forward to exploring the roads of Saudi Arabia.

“I’d like to express my thanks to Moroor traffic office in Riyadh today for a job well done. The process of converting foreign license to Saudi one and the driving test went smoothly-all very well organized. Everyone was friendly, supportive and smiling!” she said in another tweet.

Emirates are trying out planes without windows

Passengers travelling in a first class suite newly unveiled by Emirates will have to say farewell to a genuine view over the landscape as the carrier has decided to test windowless cabins.

Instead, the airline will project images from outside the aircraft using fibre-optic cameras which, according to Emirates president Tim Clark, are “so good, it’s better than with the natural eye”.

Virtual windows will be installed on Emirates' newest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. instead of the real ones — Emirates Week in travel: China to open world’s highest bungee jump
Virtual windows will be installed on Emirates’ newest Boeing 77s instead of real ones – Emirates

Clark also admitted that the ultimate aim was to have planes with no windows at all.

“Imagine now a fuselage as you’re boarding with no windows, but when you get inside, there are windows,” he told BBC.

“Now you have one fuselage which has no structural weaknesses because of windows. The aircraft are lighter, the aircraft could fly faster, they’ll burn far less fuel and fly higher.”

The virtual windows will be installed on Emirates’ newest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.