China: First Glass-Bottom Bridge Opens

China: First Glass-Bottom Bridge Opens

 

The recently completed span is a glass walkway suspended a stomach-flipping 180 meters (590 feet) above a sheer drop in China’s central Hunan Province.

Haim Dotan’s design is by far the most sophisticated of them. It’s so elegant, in fact, its engineers have adopted a poetic way of thinking about the bridge. “The engineers described it as thin as a wing and as light as a swallow,” Dotan says with a laugh. “My god, can you imagine a structural engineer describing a bridge like this?”

INGJIANG, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 24: (CHINA OUT) Tourists walk on a suspension bridge made of glass at the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park on September 24, 2015 in Pingjiang County, China. The 300-meter-long glass suspension bridge, with a maximum height of 180 meters, opened to the public on Thursday. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Thrill-seeking tourists or those looking to overcome their fear of heights may be excited to know that the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge opened last July, 2015 in China.

 

China building record glass bridge at Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon – Business Insider

Visitors can walk across an enormous stretch of transparent panels over the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China.

 

The bridge is more than 1,400 feet long, a 20 feet wide, and nearly 1,000 feet above the ground, according to the China National Tourist Office.

 

Plans are also in the works to construct a bungee jump from the bridge, for those wishing for an even more terrifying adventure.

 

Haohan Qiao, as it’s known in Chinese, is the latest in a series of glass-floored attractions to open in China and the rest of the world.

Despite its terror-inducing appearance, its creators say the bridge in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park is perfectly safe.

Workers mop up the glass bridge at the Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, central China’s Hunan province, June 23, 2016. The 430-meter-long, 6-meter-wide bridge is expected to be put into operation after the security check. [Photo/Xinhua] (english.gov.cn)

This infrastructure project is hopefully sturdier than China’s last glass-bottomed overpass.

Another glass-bottomed bridge in China, soaring about 3,280 feet above sea-level, around a cliff on the Yuntai Mountain in the Henan province, reportedly cracked after a tourist dropped a thermos flask on one of the glass panels, Chinese media reported.

Photo taken on June 23, 2016 shows the glass bridge at the Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, central China’s Hunan province. The 430-meter-long, 6-meter-wide bridge is expected to be put into operation after the security check. [Photo/Xinhua] (english.gov.cn)

Photo taken on June 23, 2016 shows the glass bridge at the Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, central China’s Hunan province. The 430-meter-long, 6-meter-wide bridge is expected to be put into operation after the security check. [Photo/Xinhua] (english.gov.cn)

An aerial photo taken on June 23, 2016 shows the glass bridge at the Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, central China’s Hunan province. The 430-meter-long, 6-meter-wide bridge is expected to be put into operation after the security check. [Photo/Xinhua] (english.gov.cn)

People walk on the glass bridge at the Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, central China’s Hunan province, June 23, 2016. The 430-meter-long, 6-meter-wide bridge is expected to be put into operation after the security check. [Photo/Xinhua] (english.gov.cn)

 

 

 

Each of the glass panes is 24 millimeters thick and 25 times stronger than normal glass. “The bridge we build will stand firm even if tourists are jumping on it,” a worker who constructed the bridge told the state-owned China News Service.

 

“The steel frame used to support and encase the glass bridge is also very strong and densely built, so even if a glass is broken, travelers won’t fall through.”

 

Haohan Qiao was originally a wooden bridge before the park experimented by replacing a small section with glass in 2014. It decided to increase the thrill by revamping the whole overpass earlier this year, making it China’s first all-glass suspension bridge.

 

 

The recently completed span is a glass walkway suspended a stomach-flipping 180 meters (590 feet) above a sheer drop in China’s central Hunan Province.

 

When completed, the Zhangjiajie structure will be the world’s highest and longest glass bridge — 430 meters long and 300 meters high.

China’s new glass bridge gets smashed with sledgehammer

Rex Glass-bottomed bridge over Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

 

Women practice yoga during a performance on the Brave Man’s Bridge glass bridge in Shiniuzhai, China

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

www.bbc.com

english.gov.cn

http://abcnews.go.com/

http://cbw.ge/

http://www.wired.com/

 

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