Vacationers that suffer from vertigo needn’t apply. The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened Saturday in China’s spectacular Zhangjiajie mountains — the inspiration for American blockbuster Avatar.
Some 430 metres (1,400 toes) lengthy and suspended 300 metres above the earth, the bridge spans the canyon between two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie park in China’s central Hunan province.
Six metres huge and product of some 99 panels of clear glass, the bridge can carry as much as 800 folks on the similar time, an official in Zhangjiajie — a well-liked vacationer vacation spot — advised the Xinhua information company.
Vacationers can stroll throughout the bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, and the extra adventurous will be capable to bungee soar or journey a zipper line.
“I needed to really feel awe-inspired by this bridge. However I’m not afraid — it appears protected!” Wang Min, who was visiting the brand new construction together with her husband and youngsters, advised AFP Saturday.
Following an alarming glass bridge cracking incident on the Yuntai mountain in northern Henan in 2015, authorities in Zhangjiajie have been desirous to display the security of the construction.
They organised a string of media occasions, together with one the place folks have been inspired to try to smash the bridge’s glass panels with a sledge hammer, and one other the place they drove a automotive throughout it.
“It’s crowded at present and a little bit of a large number. However to be suspended 300 metres within the air, it’s a singular expertise,” stated Lin Chenglu, who had come to see the bridge together with his colleagues.
Solely 8,000 folks every day will likely be allowed to cross the bridge, Xinhua stated, and vacationers must e-book their tickets a day upfront, at a price of 138 yuan ($20).
Folks sporting stilettos will likely be banned, it added.
Native authorities have stated that one of many summits in Zhangjiajie Park impressed the floating mountain which seems within the American blockbuster Avatar.
A Hollywood photographer visited the realm in 2008, taking pictures which have been used for the movie, in line with media stories.