Published By : 13 Oct 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
China has commenced construction what it is claiming to be the tallest and longest glass bottom bridge in the world. The bridge will stretch across the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in the scenic Zhangjiajie National Park, the locale which claims to have inspired visuals for Avatar, the Hollywood movie released in 2009 by James Cameroons.
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Co, which is an investor funded company that will carry out the project is estimating a cost of US$ 39 mn for the construction of the bridges. Israeli Haim Dotan, will be the chief architect for the construction, who has earlier been involved in the design of Shanghai Israel Pavilion Expo 2010. On the operational front, China Construction Group has been engaged for the construction of the bridges that began earlier in June this year.
After completion, project engineers are expecting the bridge will be at height of 984 ft. above ground and will measure 1411 ft. in length. As for the width of the bridge, it will be six meters wide that will have a few glass observatories at different ends. The entire glass panel walkway will have a thickness of be 1.9 inches.
The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge has dual benefits, firstly, for tourists to enjoy the view and, secondly for tourists to offer the facility for bungee jumping. As commented by the project manager, the bridge is slated to be the longest and tallest glass-bottomed suspension bridge in the world.
The project manager also commented that all the safety aspects about the bridge have been duly considered. He further commented, it is natural for people, especially tourists to be wary about walking on the bridge; but numerous safety tests have been carried out regarding the carrying capacity and other safety parameters that give a go-ahead for the construction.