This Terrifying New Bridge Is Not for Everyone

This Terrifying New Bridge Is Not for Everyone

The world's highest and longest glass bridge just opened in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, China. It sits 980 feet above the floor of a deep, tree-lined chasm, the new glass-bottomed bridge looks as terrifying as it sounds.



The 1,400-foot span stretches from cliff to cliff was actually completed in December, and was opened for tourists only this weekend. This was due to an alarming glass bridge cracking incident at the Yuntai mountain in northern Henan last year.



Authorities eager to demonstrate the safety of the structure organized a string of media events. These included people being encouraged to try and smash the bridge's glass panels with a sledge hammer, and one where they drove a car across it.



The six metre-wide bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, has already set world records for its architecture and construction. The bridge allows visitors to peer down into the abyss through 99 triple-layered glass panels.



Officials say that the bridge will be limited to only 8,000 visitors per day and only 600 people on the bridge at a time. The bridge isn't recommended for those with health conditions or a fear of heights.

The spectacular  were the inspiration for American blockbuster Avatar's floating mountains. But tourists who suffer from vertigo need not apply.
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