All-Glass Suspension Bridge Opens in Hunan, China

Shiniuzhai Geopark in China’s Hunan Province.

China has opened its first glass-bottomed suspension bridge that spans 1,000-feet-long at 600 feet above ground. It is the world’s longest glass suspension bridge.

The high-altitude, transparent bridge was originally constructed with wood, but converted to glass. Transparent glass you say? Walking on glass at 600 feet above ground? Apparently, the 24mm-thick glass is stronger than regular glass and the bridge has been designed to withstand wind loads, earthquakes and frost. The weight load of visitors, walking on the bridge, is set at 800 people.

Even better, the visitors are given special shoes to wear when walking and crossing the glass bridge.

Tourist are given special shoes to wear as the cross the clear bridge that hangs 180 meters above the ground.

More intereting, the canyon, which is a part of the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, reportedly inspired the world of James Cameron‘s “Avatar,” the China Daily reported, adding that a sky column similar to one seen in the movie, was renamed “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in 2010.