Adrenaline junkies, this one’s for you. China’s new walkway, made entirely of glass, is set to become the world’s longest bridge of its kind. Offering views of the surrounding picturesque scenery, here is why you should add this to your bucket list! By Bayar Jain
Imagine looking down at the lavish greens of the city from a height of 1,800 feet, where spiralling walkways give you the illusion of walking on air. Stretching almost 550 meters over the Huangguoshu Scenic Area in China’s Guizhou Province, a new glass bridge is competing to become the longest of its kind in the world. The new bridge, once opened, will allow visitors to walk and enjoy the views of the waterfalls and limestone formations, which are typical to the region.
According to sources, the spiralling glass bridge began its construction in March earlier this year at an estimated price of USD one million. “We want to create a resort where tourists can be entertained and enjoy sports and leisure as well as health care, by integrating innovatively the elements of leisure, recreation, stimulation, amusement and health care,” says Pan Zhaofu, director of the Huangguoshu Scenic Area.
This, however, would not be the first glass bridge in China. Billed as the world’s current longest glass-bottomed suspension bridge, the Hongyagu glass suspension bridge in Hebei Province’s Hongyagu Scenic Area opened in 2017 and is 488 meters long. Countries such as Japan, Canada, and Austria, also have their own share of jaw-dropping glass platforms, albeit none as high as the ones in China. In fact, Chamonix in France is home to a triple-layered glass box perched at approximately 12,600 feet, giving you an opportunity to look at Mount Blanc up close.