Glass-Bottom Bridge To Span 1,000-Foot Canyon

China is about to open a massive glass-bottom bridge at a wilderness park. It looks straight out of a fairytale.

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Zhangjiajie, a national park in the Hunan province, will open the longest and highest glass-bottom bridge in July.

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China appears to be a little more liberal with its construction inside parks than the US. Zhangjiajie already sports a cable car, the 1,070-foot Bailong Elevator.

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The glass bridge will span 1,410 feet between cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon.

A 20-foot-wide bridge, it will allow pedestrians to walk over glass above a nearly 1,000-foot abyss.

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Israeli architect Haim Dotan, who designed the bridge, said it will serve as a runway for fashion shows and be able to hold up to 800 people at once.

It will also offer the world’s highest bungee jumping, besting the Macau Tower’s 764-foot thrill ride.

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Zhangjiajie is a 22 square-mile park inside the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. It has been open to the public since 2009.

Good idea or bad? Imagine a project similar to this in the U.S. across the Grand Canyon or another iconic natural feature. What would the response be, and how would you react?

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.