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    World's Longest and Highest Glass Bridge Open | 世界上最长最高的玻璃桥
    Date/Time: 2016/08/22
    Synopsis:
    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.
     
    让人们期待已久的玻璃桥近日终于在石牛寨国家地质公园竣工并向公众开放,胆子大的人们更是在开放前的一晚就开始排起了长队准备上去体验惊悚和刺激。这座玻璃桥链接了张家界山区的石佛山的两个山峰。电影《阿凡达》的灵感即来自于这些山峰,在玻璃桥之前,双峰之间的连接使用的是吓人的木质结构。新的玻璃桥用99块3层透明玻璃取代了破旧的模板,给敢于向下看的人们欣赏整个山谷风景的机会。
     
    这座高300米,长480米,宽6米的玻璃天桥实际上在12月已经完工,但因为安全测试直到这周才开始向公众开放。测试的内容包括寻常的机械耐力和天气耐力测试,另有也有一些比较有创意的测试,在电视的宣传中,当地政府在测试中使用了榔头来敲击玻璃,甚至还将一辆载满乘客的骑车开过了玻璃桥来证明它的安全性。
     
    玻璃桥的设计师是来自以色列的建筑师海姆·多塔。这座玻璃桥的结构和建筑已创下多个世界纪录。建筑工话费340万美金。

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