Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Glass Bridge, Chinese Glazed Structure Photos, Canyon Crossing
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Glass Bridge
Glazed Structure in China: Grand Canyon Crossing in Hunan Province – design by Haim Dotan
page updated 27 Jul 2017
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Glass Bridge Cracks
In June 2017 this famed China glass bridge cracked, sending tourists on a stampede.
Safety Test: China’s giant glass bridge hit with sledgehammer by BBC Technology Reporter:
Sep 5, 2016
Chinese Glass Bridge Closes
This record-breaking glass bridge has been forced to close, just 13 days after opening, due to overwhelming visitor traffic. The bridge designed to hold 800 people at a time and expected to be visited by about 8000 people per day, has reportedly attracted more than 80,000 visitors per day.
3 Sep 2016
World’s longest and tallest glass pedestrian bridge
Location: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Hunan Province, China
Design: architect Haim Dotan, Tel Aviv, Israel
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Glass Bridge Closure
Just 13 days after opening this spectacular Chinese bridge has been forced to close.
The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened only on 22 August. The structure spans a deep canyon between two mountain cliffs in central Hunan province.
Officials told CNN that the popularity of the tourist attraction meant urgent maintenance in the area was needed.
“We’re overwhelmed by the volume of visitors,” a spokesperson from the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon’s marketing and sales department said.
Prior to opening the authorities had organised a media event where people were encouraged to try and smash the bridge’s 99 panels of clear glass with a sledge hammer. They also drove a car across the six metre-wide structure.
The pr efforts partly resulted from a glass bridge cracking incident at the Yuntai mountain in northern Henan in 2015.
26 Aug 2016
World’s longest glass pedestrian bridge
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Glass Bridge Opening
This new glass bridge in China is believed to be the world’s longest and tallest glass pedestrian bridge.
The world’s longest and highest glass bridge, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge opened to the public on August 20, 2016. It offers a way to enjoy a panoramic view of the stunning Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon.
The glass bridge will not only serve as a walkway, but you can also go bungee jumping and zip-lining off of it.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a UNESCO world heritage site featuring pillar-like peak formations in Hunan Province, central China,
Length: 430 meters (1410 feet)
Width: 6 meters (20 feet)
Height: 300 meters (984 feet)
Highlights: bungee jump and beautiful natural views of towering sandstone pillars.
Cost: The ticket price for Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Scenic Area is 118 yuan; the price for Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is 138 yuan.
The glass bridge started a trial operation on August 20, 2016. During its trial operation, no more than 8,000 visitors each day have the opportunity to walk on the bridge.
Entrance tickets can only be obtained by reservation.
There are three glass skywalks in Tianmen Mountain Scenic Area, about 85 kilometers away from Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge. The glass skywalks cling to the vertical cliffs at a height of over 1,400 meters (4,600 feet).
The newest skywalk ‘Coiled Dragon Cliff’ opened to the public on August 1st, 2016. It is 100 meters (328 feet) long, 1.6 meter (5 feet) wide.
Visitors are advised of these issues:
The glass bridge is likely to close in severe weather.
Only a maximum of 600 people are allowed on the bridge at one time.
Visitors can only bring wallets and mobiles with suitable cases on the bridge.
Do not attempt it if you have heart problems, high blood pressure, or a fear of heights.
Don’t behave dangerously. Don’t run on the bridge, lean over the rail, etc.
Different from Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain Glass Skywalk
As tickets are limited, you are recommended to book a ticket through a travel agency, who have first priority for ticket purchase.
Wulong National Geological Park Glass Platform
Location: Chongqing City, China
This is a glass platform at the top of a cliff, the largest of its kind in Asia, in Wulong National Geological Park in Chongqing City, southwest China. It opened in October 2015.
The hanging platform – 11m wide and 26m long – stands 280m above Karst Valley in Wulong National Geological Park. The glass platform provides tourists with a breathtaking panoramic view of the landscape under their feet.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park replaced its rickety wooden-plank road that hugged the edge of a cliff with a similar glass structure in April 2014. The 1,500m-long “road of the brave” had attracted over 4.3 million visitors up to the end of March 2015.
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