China's first glass suspension bridge offers daredevil tourists exciting new experience

by Tom Anstey | 02 Oct 2015

The first glass suspension bridge in China has opened above a canyon in Hunan's Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, offering bold tourists a chance to cross a 180m (590ft) deep chasm between two cliffs.

Dubbed Haohan Qiao – Brave Men's Bridge – the 300m (984ft) long bridge was originally designed to be wooden before developers opted for a transparent glass floor 24mm thick, but 25 times stronger than usual. The glass bridge also incorporates a steel frame, ensuring safety even if the glass did break.

The bridge is the first of several planned by architects and urban designers, Haim Dotan, to give access without intruding on exquisite local landscapes.

Plans for an even grander glass bridge are now underway, with the Israeli architecture firm’s 380m (1,246ft) long Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge – the world’s highest and longest glass bridge – also coming to China. It has been designed to be as “invisible as possible” and is set to open later this year.

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The first glass suspension bridge in China has opened above a canyon in Hunan's Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, offering bold tourists a chance to cross a 180m (590ft) deep chasm between two cliffs. Dubbed Haohan Qiao – Brave Men's Bridge – the 300m (984ft) long bridge was originally designed to be wooden before developers opted for a transparent glass floor 24mm thick, but 25 times stronger than usual. The glass
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Visitors see a clear 180m drop below the bridge /  Haim Dotan
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