Construction begins on bridge for the brave

Artist impression of the Zhangjiajie glass bridge. Photo from CNN

Those of you with weak knees when stepping on the glass floor panels in Auckland’s Sky Tower will likely break out in a cold sweat just thinking about the glass bridge that has begun construction in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the Hunan province of China.

Tourists can look forward to a nauseating walk between two cliff faces with stunning views of the ravine 300m below their feet. If that alone isn’t enough to get your adrenaline pumping, the bridge, set to open in May 2016, is also intended to be used to as a bungee ledge.

A similar structure over Yuntai mountain, which opened in September last year, experienced a crack in one of its glass panels. While the incident terrified visitors, the verdict was that only one of the three layers of glass had been damaged and there was no danger to anyone on the walkway.

No doubt lessons from that incident will be applied to the design and construction of this latest bridge, so that tourist heart failure can be kept to a minimum.


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