Glass bridge: A Chinese wonder
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