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

August 8, 2012

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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.

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

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