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?

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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.