China Builds Longest, Highest Glass Bridge (Watch)
A new bridge in China is said to give the most thrilling experience ever.
The bridge across China's Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is a good 300 meters above the canyon floor and has a glass walkway measuring 393 meters.
The skyway, which offers a captivating view of the scenic Tianmenshan National Forest Park in Hunan province, can hold up to 800 visitors at a time. The bridge will also serve as a runway for fashion shows.
The Zhangjiajie bridge is expected to be open to the public by June 2017, and visitors and adventure seekers can then experience the different attractions in the bridge.
According to a report in Tech Insider, the bridge will feature giant swings and a bungee jump.
Joe Chen, Deputy General Manager of the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Tourism Management Co., said that the technical details about the swings are still unavailable. But according to Inhabitat, the project will have three swings, and one of them will be about 150 to 170 meters long, and could be the biggest in Asia.
According to Haim Dotan Architects who designed the bridge, the tourist attraction will bag numerous other world records when it opens. The glass bridge will be the world's highest and longest, and the bungee jump will also be the world's highest.
The Zhangjiajie bridge is actually not the first in China. The Brave Man's Bridge in Shiniuzhai National Geologic Park in Hunan province is the longest glass-bottom suspension bridge, which hangs 590 feet above the ground. Another attraction is the glass walkway constructed along the side of Yuntai Mountain in Henan province, which is 3,500 feet.
The two glass bridges opened in 2015. However, the Yuntai walkway was closed later that year due to several cracks found in one layer of the glass.
The Zhangjiajie bridge was originally set to open in May, but the grand opening has been delayed to give way to a series of "full inspections and investigations" to guarantee its safety, said local Chinese officials.