China opens the world’s high­est and long­est glass-bot­tomed bridge

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

TOURISTS who suf­fer from ver­tigo need not ap­ply. The world’s high­est and long­est glass-bot­tomed bridge opened on Au­gust 20 in China’s spec­tac­u­lar Zhangji­a­jie moun­tains – the in­spi­ra­tion for Amer­i­can block­buster Avatar.

Some 430 me­tres (1400 feet) long and sus­pended 300 me­tres above the earth, the bridge spans the canyon be­tween two moun­tain cliffs in Zhangji­a­jie park in China’s cen­tral Hu­nan prov­ince.

Six me­tres wide and made of some 99 pan­els of clear glass, the bridge can carry up to 800 peo­ple at the same time, an of­fi­cial in Zhangji­a­jie – a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion – told the Xin­hua news agency.

Tourists can walk across the bridge, de­signed by Is­raeli ar­chi­tect Haim Dotan, and the more ad­ven­tur­ous will be able to bungee jump or ride a zip line.

“I wanted to feel awe-in­spired by this bridge. But I’m not afraid – it seems safe!” Wang Min, who was vis­it­ing the new struc­ture with her hus­band and chil­dren, told AFP on Au­gust 20.

Fol­low­ing an alarm­ing glass bridge crack­ing in­ci­dent at the Yun­tai moun­tain in north­ern He­nan in 2015, au­thor­i­ties in Zhangji­a­jie were ea­ger to demon­strate the safety of the struc­ture.

They or­gan­ised a string of me­dia events, in­clud­ing one where peo­ple were en­cour­aged to try and smash the bridge’s glass pan­els with a sledge ham­mer, and an­other where they drove a car across it.

“It’s crowded to­day and a bit of a mess. But to be sus­pended 300 me­tres in the air, it’s a unique ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Lin Chenglu, who had come to see the bridge with his col­leagues.

Only 8000 peo­ple each day will be al­lowed to cross the bridge, Xin­hua said, and tourists will have to book their tick­ets a day in ad­vance, at a cost of 138 yuan (US$20).

Cam­eras and selfie sticks are banned, and peo­ple wear­ing stilet­tos will not be al­lowed to walk on the bridge, Xin­hua said.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have said that one of the sum­mits in Zhangji­a­jie Park in­spired the float­ing moun­tain which ap­pears in the Amer­i­can block­buster Avatar. A Hol­ly­wood pho­tog­ra­pher vis­ited the area in 2008, tak­ing im­ages which were used for the film, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports. –

Photo: AFP

The world’s high­est and long­est glass-bot­tomed bridge spans a val­ley in Zhangji­a­jie in China’s Hu­nan prov­ince on Au­gust 20.

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