WORLD'S LONGEST AND HIGHEST GLASS BRIDGE OPENS IN CHINA'S 'AVATAR' MOUNTAIN


If you’re addicted to heights, China’s latest glass-bottomed bridge is a thrilling spot that’s not to be missed.
The structure, which was officially unveiled to the public for the first time on Saturday, crosses two peaks in the mountains of Zhangjiajie – the same ranges that inspired the American blockbuster Avatar. It’s said to be the world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge.
But would-be visitors beware – thousands of tourists queued up for the grand opening of the bridge and as the first pictures show, the attraction became so busy that you can barely see the sheer drop below.
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The new glass-bottomed bridge crosses two peaks in the mountains of Zhangjiajie - the same ranges that inspired the American blockbuster Avatar
The new glass-bottomed bridge crosses two peaks in the mountains of Zhangjiajie – the same ranges that inspired the American blockbuster Avatar
While 8,000 people are allowed to cross the bridge each day, many tourists queued up overnight to be the first to visit the attraction. The site became incredibly busy in a short amount of time
While 8,000 people are allowed to cross the bridge each day, many tourists queued up overnight to be the first to visit the attraction. The site became incredibly busy in a short amount of time
Those who cross the bridge earlier in the day were treated to views of the spectacular 984ft sheer drop underfoot
Those who cross the bridge earlier in the day were treated to views of the spectacular 984ft sheer drop underfoot
The bridge spans approximately 430 metres (1,400 feet) across two peaks and is suspended 300 metres (984ft) above a sheer drop.
It crosses a canyon that divides two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie Park, in China’s central Hunan province.
The structure is six metres (19ft8in) wide and made of some 99 panels of clear glass.
It can carry up to 800 people at the same time, an official in Zhangjiajie told China’s state news agency Xinhua.
Tourists can walk across the bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, and the more adventurous will be able to bungee jump or ride a zip line.
Tourists can walk across the bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, and the more adventurous will be able to bungee jump or ride a zip line
Tourists can walk across the bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, and the more adventurous will be able to bungee jump or ride a zip line
Having fun? Tourists will have to book their tickets a day in advance, at a cost of 138 yuan (£15.94)
Having fun? Tourists will have to book their tickets a day in advance, at a cost of 138 yuan (£15.94)
Following an alarming glass bridge cracking incident at the Yuntai mountain in northern Henan in 2015, authorities in Zhangjiajie were eager to demonstrate the safety of the structure
Following an alarming glass bridge cracking incident at the Yuntai mountain in northern Henan in 2015, authorities in Zhangjiajie were eager to demonstrate the safety of the structure
According to Huanqiu, many tourists started queuing to be the first to go on the bridge the night before.
The first of those to get on the bridge were seen lying down and doing splits.
Later on in the day, the bridge became incredibly crowded and you can barely tell that the structure has a glass bottom. 
Wang Min, who was visiting the new structure with her husband and children, said: ‘I wanted to feel awe-inspired by this bridge. But I’m not afraid – it seems safe!’
Lin Chenglu, another visitor who had come to see the bridge with his colleagues, said: ‘It’s crowded today and a bit of a mess. But to be suspended 300 metres in the air, it’s a unique experience.’ 
Following an alarming glass bridge cracking incident at the Yuntai mountain in northern Henan in 2015, authorities in Zhangjiajie were eager to demonstrate the safety of the structure.
Cameras and selfie sticks are banned, according to Xinhua, although it seems that some of the first tourists are already flouting the rules
Cameras and selfie sticks are banned, according to Xinhua, although it seems that some of the first tourists are already flouting the rules
No fear: The structure is six metres (19ft8in) wide and made of some 99 panels of clear glass
No fear: The structure is six metres (19ft8in) wide and made of some 99 panels of clear glass
They organised a string of media events, including one where people were encouraged to try and smash the bridge’s glass panels with a sledge hammer, and another where they drove a car across it.
Only 8,000 people each day will be allowed to cross the bridge and only 600 at any one time, Xinhua said, 
Tourists will have to book their tickets a day in advance, at a cost of 138 yuan (£15.94).
Head for heights: Aerial view photo shows the glass-bottom bridge at Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon
Head for heights: Aerial view photo shows the glass-bottom bridge at Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon
People were encouraged to try and smash the bridge's glass panels with a sledge hammer, and another where they drove a car across it in tests before it opened to the public
People were encouraged to try and smash the bridge’s glass panels with a sledge hammer, and another where they drove a car across it in tests before it opened to the public
Cameras and selfie sticks are banned, and people wearing stilettos will not be allowed to walk on the bridge, Xinhua said.
Local authorities have said that one of the summits in Zhangjiajie Park inspired the floating mountain which appears in the American blockbuster Avatar.
A Hollywood photographer visited the area in 2008, taking images which were used for the film, according to local media reports.

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