World’s longest and highest glass bridge set to open in China

Published on : Friday, August 19, 2016

Avatar bridgeOn Saturday, August 20 the world’s “longest and highest” glass bridge is set to open to public in China’s Hunan province.

 

The bridge is 430m long and 6m wide and is paved with 99 panes of three-layer transparent glass.

 

It connects two mountain cliffs in what are known as the Avatar mountains in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province.The Grand Canyon Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors from home and abroad in 2015.

 

The bridge was completed in December and cost around US$3.4m to construct.

 

The committee says the bridge has set 10 world records spanning its design and construction.

 

As the city is gearing up for its opening, one crucial question has been doing rounds on everyone’s minds.

 

Officials have staged high-profile events to try and reassure the public of the bridge’s safety.

 

They have sent sledgehammers and even drove a car, filled with passengers, across the bridge earlier this year.

 

Park officials have said a maximum of 8,000 visitors will be allowed on the bridge each day.

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