Towards the end of month (August), the world’s longest and highest glass bridge – the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge opened in China’s Hunan province. The 1,410-foot-long vertiginous bridge is made of glass panels and steel beams; and spans atop China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
Suspended 984 feet above the ground by stay cables, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge not only serves as a pedestrian walkway, it also offers a way to enjoy the panoramic and picturesque views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site below.
Visitors are required to don special footwear when walking (or crawling) on the bridge and activities such as bungee jumping and zip-lining, are also encouraged. In the future, it could also be used for private events, notably as a fashion-show runway.
Resting on the edge of on the edge of two cliffs, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge was designed by Israeli architect, Haim Dotan, to appear as invisible as possible, appearing as a white bridge disappearing into the cloud.
It is currently closed for upgrades in facilities, as the initial fortnight of opening attracted far more visits than the capacity could hold. Designed to hold up to 800 people at once and 8000 visitors daily; 80,000 visitors attempted to see the bridge daily, hence the hasty closure for maintenance.