The world’s longest glass-bottomed bridge has opened in China, and it's definitely not for the faint of heart. Spanning the two peaks of Stone Buddha Mountain in Hunan’s Shinuizhai Geopark, the 300-meter-long (984 feet) walkway hovers over a breathtaking 180-meter (590 feet) drop. According to China News, the bridge floor is built from steel-reinforced glass that’s said to be at least 25 times stronger than ordinary glass.
The glass-bottomed bridge, known as Hero’s bridge, was formerly a wooden walkway. In an effort to draw more tourism to the park, a team of 11 workers worked from 7 in the morning to 7 at night to swap the wood floor planks with 24-millimeter-thick glass. One worker told China News: “If we were lucky we’d be able to install around 10 glass panels a day.”
Reinforced by steel and flanked by metal railings, the double-layered glass panels are resistant to warping and high impact, and can handle the force of visitors jumping on the bridge. The glass-bottomed bridge was completed earlier this month just in time for China’s national holiday Golden Week. However, Shinuizhai’s spectacular bridge won’t hold its world record title for long—another bridge, also in Hunan, is set to be the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge at 430 meters long with a 300-meter drop once complete.
Via China News
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