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World’s Longest Glass Bridge


World’s Longest Glass Bridge

Shiniuzhai Scenic Footbridge is a picturesque pedestrian bridge in China’s Hunan province that was once the main attraction of the Shiniuzhai Resort area and, thanks to a unique view over the mountains attracted crowds of tourists.

In 2014 during the reconstruction of the previously terrifying wooden bridge, a 10-meter (32-foot) long glass section was installed, which attracted even more tourists willing to look into the abyss beneath their feet.

Over the last few months, the engineers replaced the remaining parts of the wooden bridge by the glass panels, thus making it the longest glass suspension bridge in the world. The 300-meter (984-foot) long glass-bottomed walkway links the two peaks of Stone Buddha Mountain located in Shiniuzhai Geopark in Hunan, China and is 180 meters (590 feet) above ground.

Previously, you were considered brave if you steeled yourself to cross the wooden walkway; now, with its glass bottom, the bridge is already being referred to as “hero bridge.”

In addition to the fully transparent bottom, the bridge sways a little when you walk on it, adding more fear to the tourists who try not to move to keep the walkway steady.

However, there is absolutely no reason to worry: the floor is made of double-layered glass that is 24 mm (0.94 inches), and is reportedly 25 times stronger than regular window glass and designed specifically to withstand external influences.

Therefore there is no need to limit yourself to the special trails built on the surrounding rocks.

Magnificent views on the Geopark are definitely worth the courage to cross the bridge.

By the way, rumor has it that it was the province of Hunan, with its rocks resembling towers that inspired James Cameron to create planet Pandora for “Avatar.”

Shiniuzhai Scenic Footbridge on Google maps

Top photo by Sina