Glass bridge: A Chi­nese won­der

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

VIJDAN SAEED

The brand new Zhangji­a­jie Bridge in China has been opened. The glass­bot­tomed bridge is al­ready break­ing records, as it’s both the high­est and long­est in the world. Those who are com­fort­able with heights, it may still prove a chal­lenge as it hangs over the Zhangji­a­jie canyon. The bridge, which was due to be opened at the be­gin­ning of May, al­ready holds 10 world records. While Zhangji­a­jie Glass Bridge is un­der con­struc­tion and test­ing, Zhangji­a­jie Grand Canyon Scenic Area an­nounced a global name con­test to name the new bridge. The main prize is 10,000 yuan (1,530 USD) for each char­ac­ter, max­i­mum 10 char­ac­ters, so up to 100,000 yuan (15,300 USD). 1,000 lucky par­tic­i­pants can travel Zhangji­a­jie Grand Canyon with im­me­di­ate fam­ily for free.

The bridge is nearly 1,000 feet above the ground, pro­vid­ing stun­ning panoramic views for those thrill-seek­ers will­ing to cross the bridge. The bridge spans more than 1,400 feet (the Grand Canyon Sky­walk by com­par­i­son is only 69 feet long). It is 20 feet wide and can hold up to 800 peo­ple at one time. Its trans­par­ent walk­way is not only the largest of its kind ever built, but one of most beau­ti­ful, with vis­i­bil­ity over the top and sides, as well as through the bot­tom. The Zhangji­a­jie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge floats in har­mony with the sur­round­ing scenery and af­fords tourists in­cred­i­ble views of the nearby sand­stone and quartz peaks, trees and wa­ter­falls.

19 feet wide bridge was in­spired from James Cameron’s movie by the mag­i­cal planet of Pan­dora from the movie Avatar. The thrilling bridge is an ar­chi­tec­ture won­der de­signed by Haim Dotan and made up of trans­par­ent glass with a bungee jump plat­form at the bridge cen­ter, where you can try the high­est bungee jump­ing in the world, while at the same time hav­ing a panoramic view of the ma­jes­tic Zhangji­a­jie Grand Canyon. —Via email

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