980-foot Glass-bottom Bridge Unveiled in China

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October 4, 2015

China has taken the wraps off a glass-bottom suspension bridge that spans 980 feet across a canyon in a national park and offers an unobstructed view 590 feet down to the canyon floor.

The name of the bridge is Haohan Qiao, which roughly translates to “Brave Men’s Bridge” in English. The bridge connects two cliff faces in the Shiniuizhai National Geological Park, in the Hunan province, in the southern part of the country.

Engineers said that the bridge floor was a double layer of glass that was 25 times stronger than ordinary glass and was treated to be resistance to bending and shattering. A steel frame surrounds the glass.

The construction company employed 11 workers who worked 12-hour days to get the job done.

The bridge is not a new one. It had been made entirely of wood. Engineers added a bit of glass in 2014 and, after seeing the results, decided to make the entire 980 feet of glass.

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