There are thrill seekers and there are those who are afraid to try anything new. Well for the thrill seekers, there is a glass bridge in China that’s suspended 600 feet in the air and about 1000 feet long. Are you brave enough to walk this glass bridge?
A group of brave tourists learnt the meaning of vertigo the hard way as they became the first visitors to cross a new 590 foot high glass-bottomed suspension bridge in China. Haohan Qiao, or “Brave Man’s Bridge”, recently opened in China’s central Hunan Province, and is now attracting thousands of tourists worldwide.
Today, the terrifying bridge is built with glass and steel frames. Aside from the scary view below, the bridge apparently sways in the wind. What could be more petrifying than that? But don’t worry; the bridge is said to be made from not-so-ordinary materials. The double-layer floor that’s made from glass is 25 times stronger than normal glasses.
The bridge had previously been a wooden overpass that linked two peaks of Stone Buddha Mountain in Shiniuzhai Geopark but is now a 984 foot long glass walkway. Also, a part of the bridge had already been replaced with a glass cutout in 2014, attracting hordes of fearless tourists. However, eleven engineers have been working on the bridge over the last few months to replace all the wooden planks with glass panes, transforming the bridge into the world’s first glass-bottomed suspension bridge.
According to the one of the workers responsible for the glass panels explains to the state-owned China News Service: The bridge that they build will stand firm even if tourists are jumping on it. The steel frame used to support and encase the glass bridge is also very strong and densely built, so even if a glass is broken, travelers won’t fall through.