China has recently opened a suspension bridge that offers a glass-bottom walkway and taking a stroll across this bridge boils down to a terrifying experience for some folks. The 1000-foot-long suspension bridge is 600-feet-high, making this bridge nosebleed material for those who have a fear of heights.
According to ABC News on September 25, China’s glass-bottom suspension bridge opened last Thursday in Zhangjiae Grand Canyon, which is in the Hunan province in central China. This suspension bridge hangs over the canyon of the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, which is what inspired James Cameron’s “Avatar.”
This new bridge is expecting to have a claim to fame as being the “longest and tallest glass-bottom bridge in the world.” The bridge doesn’t look like it was built using an abundance of material, but this look is very deceiving. It was built to withstand high winds, frost, earthquakes and the weight of 800 people at once.
DB Techno suggests if you are afraid of heights, “you probably won’t be visiting this suspension bridge in China.” Photos from the opening day of the glass-bottom suspension bridge captured the images of thrill seekers, who were eager to cross the long bridge. They also caught images of people too frightened to continue the journey once they got on the bridge.
The creators of this bridge designed it to be as “invisible as possible” and most would say they were successful in that department! The further away you get from the bridge, the more it morphs into its surroundings, as it is constructed with thin wire and glass.
There’s nothing about this bridge that would obstruct the view across the valley. But there’s something about this bridge that will terrify those with fear of heights!
Update: According to HNGN , “many people who attempted to cross the bridge were reportedly too scared to move.” People have actually frozen in place while crossing this glass bottom bridge. It is designed to safely sway, but this swaying movement adds to the extra fear-factor when crossing China’s glass-bottom suspension bridge.
The glass walkway is 25 times stronger than the glass found in a window. Special footwear is required to walk across the bridge and handed out on the site.
These shoe coverings look very much like hospital protective gear worn by medical staff in an operating room. These cloth shoe caps slip over folks’ shoes before they embark on the terrifying walk across the bridge.
Because psychological it is not an easy feat to cross this bridge, they have dubbed this glass-bottom walkway “The Hero Bridge.” This bridge was once a normal wooden bridge, but it took 11 engineers to create this glass-bottom bridge of wonder you see today.