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World's highest, longest glass-bottomed bridge to open in China
Posted on 25/05/2016

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If hiking to the top of a Grand Canyon isn't thrilling enough already, this new attraction in 2017 certainly will be...

The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in China is soon to be home to the world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge. With the help of Chinese builders and world-class technology, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Tourism Management Co. is set to officially open the new attraction in January 2017.

Not for the faint-hearted

Not for the faint-hearted
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Tourism Management Co.

Spanning two cliffs high above the majestic canyon in Hunan province, the new bridge will stretch 1,410 feet long, measure 20 feet wide, and tower 984-feet above the ground below. The bottom is being built with 1.9-inches thick glass panels and will be entirely transparent.

China Construction Group began working on the bridge last summer, but has since faced multiple construction delays due to bad weather and local government interference.

Well-known for its sweeping views, this particular part of the Grand Canyon in Zhangjiajie National Park is believed to have inspired James Cameron's Avatar. It was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 for its distinctive pillar-like geographic features.

Officials have announced that only 800 tourists will be allowed to walk over the bridge at a time. But for the most courageous of tourists, bungee jumping from the top of the bridge will also be arranged.

By comparison, the Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona is just 69 feet long and hovers about 718 fee above the canyon floor. Canada's Glacier Skywalk in Alberta, which opened last year, extends 115 feet from the cliff and is just under 984 feet tall.

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