It is better for people with acrophobia to stay away from the newly-opened glass-bottomed bridge in the southern province of Guangdong in China. This 526-m bridge, spanning across the Huangchuan gorges in Lianzhou, can be a thrilling experience for those seeking an adrenaline rush. Apparently, the bridge, which was opened to the public on July 18, is the longest glass bridge in the world.
The bridge, built across Linajian River, offers breathtaking views of mountain ranges to visitors. Shortly after the bridge was thrown open, the unique facility got the Guinness tag as the longest glass bridge in the world. Three layers of laminated glass with 4.5 cm thickness have been fused together to build this bridge, which has four observation points in the middle and can hold 500 tourists at the same time.
People can cross the bridge only on foot and there are facilities for adventure sports such as bungee jumping and ziplines at the bridge.
Earlier, the world's longest glass bridge was at Huaxi World Adventure Park in Jiangsu province in east China. The bridge, which is 518 m long and 100 m above ground level, can hold a weight of close to 4.7 tonnes. The bridge is made of glass with 3.5 cm thickness and at once nearly 2,600 people can pass through the bridge.
With the opening of the new glass-bottomed bridge, the bridge at the Huaxi World Adventure Park is the second-longest glass bridge in the world.
A walk across the bridge is scary, to say the least. The spider web design on the surface of the glass will give the impression that the glass is cracked and to top it all the sound of glass shattering in the backdrop can be nerve-racking for people walking on the bridge.