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World’s Longest Glass Bridge Tested

Web desk(March 23, 2018): The 448-meter-long (0.3 miles) bridge between two mountain peaks at Hongyagu Scenic Area in Hebei province allows 600 people to walk on it at the same time, according to news portal QQ.com.And the bridge was used to its full capacity as hundreds put their faith in the engineers by flocking on to it to enjoy the spectacular views of mountains and waterfalls.

It was clearly not for the faint-hearted as visitors described how the bridge would swing from side to side slightly as they walked to the middle of the bridge.

The swaying is no accident – it was designed to do that to give visitors an extra thrill.The bridge situated in the eastern end of the Taihang Mountains is four meters wide and sits 218 meters (715 feet) above the ground, the equivalent of the height of a 66-story building.

With a 4cm-thick glass floor, the report said the bridge had been designed to withstand earthquakes of magnitudes up to 6.0 and storms with wind speeds of up to 37 kilometers per hour (23mph).Built by a local tourism company Hebei Bailu Group, the bridge was opened to the public in December after three years of design and construction work.

The bridge was designed to support the weight of up to 2,000 people but only 600 are allowed on it at one time for safety reasons.

“The bridge’s load-carrying capacity is as much as 3.5 times the country’s standard for bridges,” Liu Qiqi, a construction director, told China Daily.

(160729) — ZHANGJIAJIE, July 29, 2016 (Xinhua) — The aerial photo taken on July 29, 2016 shows the glass bridge at the Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, central China’s Hunan Province. Final acceptance check of the 430-meter-long, 6-meter-wide glass bridge is expected to be completed this week. (Xinhua/Long Hongtao)(mcg)

 

Numerous glass-bottomed bridges have been built across China over the past few years and have proved wildly successful.

The first such bridge opened in Shiniuzhai National Geopark in Hunan province and attracted up to 20,000 visitors a day soon after it opened.

A second bridge in the same province, in Zhangjiajie national park, is probably the best-known internationally and was the longest in the world until the Hongyagu bridge opened.

It attracted so many visitors after it opened in 2016 that it had to be shut temporarily after just 13 days.

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