24 augustus 2016
China opens world's highest and longest Glass Bridge
The world’s longest and highest glass-bottom bridge will debut in China, above the breathtaking scenery of Wulingyuan area, located in Zhangjiajie
It connects two mountain cliffs in what are known as the Avatar mountains (the film was shot here) in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province.
The 430m-long bridge cost $3.4m to build and stands 300m above ground, state news agency Xinhua reported. It has been paved with 99 panes of three-layered transparent glass.
And according to officials, the 6m-wide bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, has already set world records for its architecture and construction.
Glass bridges in China have been a popular craze for the daring photo opportunities they provide.
How safe is it?
This was the question on everyone's minds but officials have staged high-profile events to try and reassure the public of the bridge's safety. As a part of a promotion stunt earlier this year, park officials let the public try to bash in the glass with sledgehammers and even drove a car filled with passengers across it.