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No wonder tourists are left glassy-eyed!

THE longest glass bridge in the world, with a transparent walkway measuring an astonishing 1,601ft, opened in China on Christmas Eve.

What could prove stomach-churning is that it has been designed to “sway a little” when people walk across it. And it is 191ft longer than the previous record-holder, also constructed in China.

With the 6.5ft-wide walkway hanging 755ft above the ground, between two cliffs in the Hongyagu Scenic Area in Hebei province, it really will challenge dare-devils, and especially people with a fear of heights.

The Hongyagu bridge could support a maximum of 2,000 people. But, for safety’s sake, the management allows just 500 at a time to stand on it.

Last year, a glass-bottomed bridge in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon was forced to close just 13 days after being opened because it was overwhelmed by tourists.

Thousands of people had flocked to stand on the 984-foot-high structure every day, causing safety concerns.

And in 2015, a group of Chinese tourists were left screaming in terror on the side of a 3,540ft cliff in Henan, central China, after a glass pane on a new, transparent walkway suddenly shattered.

But glass-bottomed bridges have been built all across the country, which isn’t surprising because they are hugely popular in China,

Just one day before Hongyagu Scenic Area opened, a glass-bottomed bridge at another scenic spot in eastern China, was launched as the country’s first transparent walkway, with special effects, some of which are truly frightening.

The 1,272-ft bridge, on the lush mountains of Wuhu, Anhui Province, appears to shatter when tourists stand on the glass panels.

In addition, two dragon statues on top of the 590ft-high bridge produce smoke, which, seemingly, makes the mythological creatures fly through the clouds.

 

 

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