The world’s longest glass bridge opened to traffic

People visit a glass bridgePeople visit a glass bridge at a gorge as it opens to public in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China, August 20, 2016. Picture taken August 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

The world’s longest bridge with a glass surface opened in China’s Zhangjiajie park on the weekend, and tourists without vertigo flocked to see it.

Not only is the 430 meter long bridge the world’s longest of its kind, but it is also the world’s highest glass bridge. The bridge spans a gorge in Zhangjiajie Park, 300 meters above the spectacular landscape that is said to have been the inspiration for the American blockbuster Avatar.

The suspension bridge is six meters wide and is made with 99 thick glass panals that pedestrians can see through. It can carry up to 800 people at a time, said an official of the park to the Xinhua news agency.

In addition to walking across the mighty glass structure, designed by Israeli Haim Dotan, the more adventurous can throw themselves off the bridge in a bungee jump or on a zipline.

– I wanted to be overwhelmed. I’m not afraid, it seems safe, said Wang Min, a Chinese tourist who visited the bridge with her husband and their two children, told news agency AFP.

The queue to go over the bridge was long on the opening day. Maximum capacity will be 8,000 people per day, according to Xinhua.


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