World's Longest and Highest Glass Bridge Open | 世界上最长最高的玻璃桥
The long-awaited, awe-inspiring glass bridge in Hunan’s Shiniuzhai Geopark has finally opened to the public, the more daring of whom began queuing up in long lines the night before the opening to test it out. The bridge connects the two peaks of Stone Buddha Mountain in China’s Zhangjiajie mountain range. These are the very peaks that inspired James Cameron’s movie, Avatar, which utilized the frightening wooden structure that formerly connected the two peaks. The new bridge has replaced the old wooden one with 99 panes of three-layered transparent glass that promise an incredible view of the whole valley below to those who dare to look down.
Standing 300m above the ground, the 430-meter long and 6-meter wide skywalk was actually completed in December but due to safety testing did not officially open until this week. Testing included the usual mechanical resistance and weather durability tests, but also some more creative ones too; in high-profile televised publicity stunts, local government officials sent in sledgehammers and even drove a car filled with passengers across the bridge earlier this year to prove to the public that it was safe.
The bridge was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dota. It has already set world records for its architecture and construction. The bridge cost $3.4m USD (£2.6m) to build.
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