Glass-Bottom Pool Hangs Over Side Of 24-Story Hotel

August 8, 2012


This is the end of the lap pool at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao in China. It perches over the side of the building 24-stories up, and has a glass bottom so guests can pretend like they're swim-flying or something. I don't f***ing know, I'm not a penguin.

This gives guests a delirious sense of swimming in the sky -- they can see the street clearly down below while passers-by on Xiuyan Lu can see the swimmers way up above.

"I felt as if I was flying in the sky -- I could also enjoy the beautiful scenery of Pudong from here ... it's so cool and wonderful," a swimmer told CCTV.

Exactly 30 meters long (about 98 feet), six meters wide (20 feet) and 1.5 meters deep (5 feet), the swimming pool is the first of its kind in China.

Admittedly, that is pretty cool, I just don't know if I could brave it. The truth is, I'm scared of heights. And drowning. And, since we're on the subject, ghosts. Also, things that are unusually compartmentalized on the inside like honeycombs and pomegranates. No word how often they have to close the pool for cleaning because somebody shat in it.

Hit the jump for a shot of the pool from the inside of the hotel.


Thanks to jedi-GK, who only swims in slightly above-ground pools for safety reasons.

  • Jonathan Buttall

    Only a tiny spot at the end of the large pool has this feature and the pool is too shallow for diving, so a lot of fuss over very little.

  • Prefer Anonymous

    skinny dips!

  • On Point

    i'm not big on pomegranates either...

  • David Daly

    The weight of the water in this is 612,000 lbs!!

  • Computeryaya

    Jesus loves the little children

  • Brenda Alexander

    Personally, I LOVE IT!!!! I'd be the first person to dive in with the goggles on! What a hoot! :-D

  • So this is in China eh? The land of things either blowing up or falling over cause they are so poorly made....cant wait for the follow up story of how the glass falls out and sucks a bunch of swimmers out the hole.

  • They have the $$$ to hire the best starchitects to build their crazy dreams.

    Where does the $$$ come from? check out the label in your t-shirt

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    pool sex has just become a lot more interesting.

  • It's a bird!

    It's a plane!

    It's... some guy getting head underwater —so yeah, it was a bird after all

  • Spartikiss

    I absolutely hate heights but... No. Still wouldn't do it.

  • That would be enough for anyone to develop acrophobia.

  • ElSpanielo

    I would be much more concerned about the plane that is about to pull a 9/11 on this hotel.

  • No.

  • wtf happened to this site, sucks fucking ass now?

  • h2opolopunk

    Nope. Not going to do it. And if you can tell from my handle, I'm pretty experienced with the water.

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