World’s Highest, Tallest and Longest Glass Bridge Opens in China

Visitors cross the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge on August 20, 2016 (PHOTO CREDIT: China Stringer Network/Reuters)
Visitors cross the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge on August 20, 2016 (PHOTO CREDIT: China Stringer Network/Reuters)

Across China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, 980 feet above the floor of the deep, tree-lined chasm, stretches a terrifying new glass-bottomed bridge.

The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge opened to the public on August 20th in the Hunan Province, and is now the tallest and longest glass bridge ever built. The walkway is more than 1400 feet long and 6 feet wide, and can accommodate 800 visitors at a time.

Designed by Israeli Architect Haim Dotam, the bridge’s floor is made of 99 panels of multilayered glass, allowing those who dare to cross the chance to see just how far above the ground they stand.

“The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge was designed to be invisible as possible — a white bridge disappearing into the clouds,” Dotam said in a statement.

According to China’s CCTV, the bridge cost $3.4 million to build. It was originally slated to open earlier this summer, but the date was pushed back to allow for more rigorous safety inspections.

In June, volunteers were invited to try to smash the glass panels with sledgehammers to demonstrate their strength and durability. Officials also drove a car across the bridge during the test ceremony.

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SOURCE: Business Insider, Dana Varinsky