The Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in Hunan, China has a new glass bridge.
It is called the Brave Men’s Bridge or, in Chinese, Haohan Oiao. It is just the most recently finished construction in a series of structures and attractions made from glass in China.
The bridge certainly lives up to its name, as the glass panels you walk on are a massive 180 meters (590 feet) above the ground. It may take a brave man to walk the length of the structure but despite its terrifying heights, the bridge is absolutely safe to walk on.
Construction workers say that each glass pane is 24 millimetres thick and twenty-five times stronger than most glass.
One of the workers who helped build the bridge did an interview with China News Service. They stated:
“The bridge we build will stand firm even if tourists are jumping on it. The steel frame used to support and encase the glass bridge is also very strong and densely built, so even if a glass is broken, travelers won’t fall through.”
The original structure of the bridge was already in place, but it was wooden at the time. Early in 2014 the park began replacing sections of the wooden bridge with steel and glass to see if the project was feasible. It was early this year that they decided to go ahead and give the whole overpass a facelift.
It might not be the first glass structure in China, but it is the first all glass suspension bridge. After seeing tourists flock to the attraction, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area has also decided to build glass bridge! Once that project is finished it will be 430 meters long and 300 meters above the ground. With those measurements it will take the record of world’s highest and longest glass bridge anywhere in the world.
For those adrenaline junkies, it might be worth the trip. But I, for one, will be keeping my feet firmly planted on solid ground.