Crossing over a deep ravine can be terrifying enough if you’re afraid of heights. But a new bridge across China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon will take that thrill to another level with a glass walkway — 980 feet above the canyon floor.
The bridge is anticipated to unfold later this summer, but that won’t be the death of the building task. By June 2017, brave visitors will as well be able to dangle from the overpass on three massive swings or bungee jump off of the side. side.
Joe Chen, Deputy General Manager of the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Tourism Management Co., tells Tech Insider that technical details about the swings aren’t available yet, butInhabitat reports that the biggest could be nearly 500 feet in length. That would get to it the longest golf shot in Asia.
The project will accomplish numerous other records when it opens: It will be the world’s highest and longest glass bridge, spanning around 1,245 bases. The bungee jump will also be the world’s highest, according to Haim Dotan Architects, who designed the bridge.
Upward to 800 people will be able to take the air on the transparent glass paneling at a time, and the bridge is likewise expected to assist as a runway for fashion shows.
This isn’t China’s first glass bridge, however — two others opened in 2015. The Brave Man’s Bridge, in the Hunan province’s Shiniuzhai National Geologic Park, is the long glass-bottom suspension bridge, and sits 590 feet above the earth. And a glass walkway built into the side of Yuntai Mountain in the Henan province is 3,500 feet high in certain spots.
But in October 2015, the Yuntai walkway was temporarily shut down after several shots were found in one stratum of the ice.e.
The Zhangjiajie bridge was originally slated to open in May, but its debut has been delayed to avoid a similar situation. According to Chen, the architectural marvel has garnered so much international attention that the local Chinese government decided to finish a more series of “full inspections and investigations” to verify its safety.
For those of us whose heart-rate increases at the very idea of cutting across a bridge like this, a short wait seems worth it to ensure the glass is hard and unchanging.
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