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World’s longest and highest glass-bottom walkway

By Yuewei Yang

July 8

The glass bridge at Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie, central China’s Hunan Province, is set to open. Would you dare cross it? Don’t look down, just keep going!

The glass bridge at Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie, central China’s Hunan Province, is set to open. Would you dare cross it? Don’t look down, just keep going!

Wonder of the world

Stretching 430 meters (1,410 feet) at a dizzying height of over 300 meters (984 feet) above the canyon floor, the glass-bottom bridge at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan Province is the world’s highest and longest walkway. The skywalk, already holding 10 world records, will also feature the world’s highest bungee jump at its center. Isn’t that amazing?

[Image Credit: Rednet.cn]
[Image Credit: Rednet.cn]
Is it safe?

Extending between two steep cliffs, the bridge uses transparent glass as its bottom without any reinforced concrete for support. To prove the claim that the bridge can hold up to 800 people at the same time, it underwent load and sturdiness testing on June 25, 2016, where volunteers hit the glass bottom with a sledgehammer before an SUV drove across the bridge.

[Image Credit: Chinanews.com]
[Image Credit: Chinanews.com]
A new highlight of Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, boasting over 3,000 sandstone pillars, is famous for its stunning landscape, which appeared in James Cameron’s 2009 movie Avatar. When the glass-bottom bridge opens (the opening date is yet to be announced), it will become another highlight of the region.

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