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15 July 2015

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Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge


Spanning two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, the glass bridge stretches 430 meters (1,410 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide, hovering over a 300-meter (984-foot) vertical drop.


It is known as the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge.


Designed by architect Haim Dotan, who is also behind Expo 2010 Shanghai's Israel Pavilion, the bridge deck is wholly paved with transparent glass and can carry 800 people. Built among high mountains and canyon, it also has a bungee platform in the center. The bridge will serve as a runway for fashion shows.


The bridge is made of three layers of the tempered glass, all together 99 pieces, each of 3 by 4.5 meters and 15 mm thick. Damaged pieces can be removed and changed.


Zhangjiajie inspired the scenery in the hit movie "Avatar," and members of the production team spent time among the pillar-like mountains taking notes and sketches that would inform many elements of the animation.


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