Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

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Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is a bridge in Zhangjiajie, China, above the Wulingyuan area. The bridge, built as an attraction for tourists, is glass-bottomed and is transparent. When it opened it was the longest and tallest glass bottomed bridge in the world. The bridge, opened to the public on August 20, 2016, measures 430 metres in total length and 6 metres in breadth, and is suspended about 300 metres above the ground. The bridge spans the canyon between two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China’s central Hunan province. It is designed to carry up to 800 visitors at a time. The bridge was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan.

To build the bridge, engineers erected 4 support pillars on the edges of the walls of the canyon. The bridge is made of a metal frame with more than 120 glass panels. Each of these panels is 3-layered and is a 2-inch-thick slab of tempered glass. There are 3 long swings attached to the underside of the bridge. Also there is a provision for making a 285 metre bungee-jump. This is considered to be highest such jump in the world.

According to the Management Committee of the Bridge, the bridge has set ten world records spanning its design and construction.

The record as longest glass bridge has since passed to a glass bridge in the Hongyagu Scenic Area, Hebei.

This article was extracted from Wikipedia

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