Worlds longest and highest glass-bottom bridge to open in China
Chalk up another superlative achievement for China.
Zhangjiajie, a scenic national park in the countrys Hunan province, is set to open the worlds longest and highest glass-bottom bridge in July.
Spanning two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, it will stretch 430 meters (1,410 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide, hovering over a 300-meter (984-foot) vertical drop.
In comparison, the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the United States is 21 meters (69 feet) in length and stands 219 meters (718 feet) above the canyon floor. Canadas Glacier Skywalk in Alberta, which opened last year, extends 35 meters (115 feet) from the cliff and is a little bit shy of 300 meters in height.
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The footbridge was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, who is also behind Expo 2010 Shanghais Israel Pavilion. Dotan says the bridge will serve as a runway for fashion shows and be able to hold up to 800 people at once.
The Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie skywalk will also offer the worlds highest bungee jump, stealing the title from Macau Towers 233-meter (764-foot)-high attraction.
Zhangjiajie is a 56 square-kilometer designated tourist park inside the bigger Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Its been open to the public since 2009 and is said to have been the inspiration behind the beautiful planet of Pandora in James Camerons 2009 Avatar film
Scary new heights
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is set to open the worlds highest and longest glass-bottom bridge in July.
Apart from being an observatory, the bridge will also serve as a runway for events such as fashion shows. It will be able to support a maximum of 800 people at one time.
With a vertical drop of 300 meters (984 feet) directly under the bridge, the new Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon skywalk will also feature the worlds highest bungee jump.
No steel or concrete was used to create the surface of the bridge, which is 430 meters (1,410 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide.
The 26,000-hectare Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Hunan has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, one of the several national parks within Wulingyuan, is Chinas first forest reserve.
The real Pandora
An Avatar sculpture atop Tianzi Mountain. The location and it surroundings are said to have inspired James Camerons film Avatar.