Step on the world’s longest glass bridge in China!
The bridge, which took a year and a half to construct and is found in Shijiazhuang, is 488 metres long with a span of 2 metres width. It hangs a staggering – vertigo sufferers look away now – 218 metres above the valley floor (equivalent to 66 stories of a building) between cliffs.
The experience for tourists is one of real wonder: the bridge is made up of 1,077 panes of transparent glass which allow the walker to appreciate the views below. From the bridge you can admire the scenery of the Hongyagu Scenic Area, which is made up of beautiful mountain views, natural waterfalls, ancient towns and temples.
The structure is also designed to swing slightly while visitors are walking to the centre for added thrill-seeker effect. For those who might be anxious, there’s no need to fear: it is designed to support up to 2,000 people, though it is expected that only 500 will be on it at any one time.
Shijiazhuang’s bridge trumps the one constructed recently in the Grand Canyon Scenic area of Hunan province, which was said at the time to be the longest bridge of its kind in the world, though it clocked in at 430 metres: 53 less than the new glass bridge.
The area where the bridge is found is a fascinating one for those with time to make a day trip southwest of Beijing. It is near the popular visitor spot of Xibaipo, famous in the context of revolutionary history as the base of the Communist Party leadership between 1948 and 1949. So if you want to try out a new experience made possible by stunning engineering, pack your bags and head to Shijiazhuang!