ZHANGJIAJIE GLASS SKYWALK TO OPEN IN JULY

2015.05.21

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China's latest and greatest summer attraction is a glass-bottomed skywalk in Zhangjiajie, which is set to open in July and can carry an estimated 800 visitors at a time.

The bridge is 430 meters long, 6 meters wide and 300 meters tall, and spans between two cliffs at the national park in Zhangjiajie.

Beating America's Grand Canyon skywalk, which is *only* 219 meters above the canyon floor, this glass skywalk will take the title as the world's highest and longest.

According to Chen Zhi Dong, chairman of the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, the most difficult part of the construction process was testing the glass bridge's ability to withstand pressure, wind, earthquakes and so on, but apparently it passed with flying colors.

To reassure visitors who may be terrified at the thought of moseying 430 meters across an entirely glass-bottomed bridge, Chen says that because of the size and design of the glass, there will be "zero errors and zero risk".

The skywalk was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, who says the bridge will also serve as a runway for fashion shows (and hopefully lots of puppies).

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Zhangjiajie is famous for being the inspiration behind James Cameron's Avatar, which gained so much popularity in China that one of the mountains was renamed after the movie.

If tourists don't think marveling at the beautiful Hunan scenery from a haunting 300 meters above the canyon floor is enough of a thrill, they can also participate in what will be the world's highest bungee jump and zip-line.

We're just wondering how the trash cleaners will feel about dangling from these heights.

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This is a Shanghaiist article. Full article can be found here.