China recently opened the “world’s highest and longest” glass bottom bridge. It looks nothing short of breathtaking.
The bridge, located in the Zhangjianjie National Forest of the Hunan province, known for it’s majestic natural beauty, sits 470 yards long (one-quarter mile) and a mind-dizzying 328 yards high. (For those who only think of “yard” as something to play in, one yard equals about 1 meter.) It was designed by an Israeli architect, Haim Dotan.
This has instantly become one of my “must-see” places to visit. I love nature.
The bridge bottom is constructed purely from glass panels, using 99 panes of thick triple layered glass. Only 800 people will be allowed on the bridge at any one time, so I suspect you’re gonna be waiting quite a while for the privilege of almost walking on air.
I once walked out on the glass Skywalk at the western rim of the Grand Canyon below. I only stumbled onto this by pure accident. I was trying to drive from Las Vegas to the southern rim of the canyon and got lost. Way lost. It was only supposed to be 2 hours by car. But, boy, what a beautiful gift getting lost was.
The Skywalk opened in 2007 on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Arizona. It is constructed from 1 million pounds of steel and 83,000 pounds of glass! The side rails are glass, and the bottom is clear glass as well.
The first time I walked out on the Skywalk, it was eerie to say the least. The glass literally cracks and creeks as you move. It’s loud! But it’s perfectly safe. It just feels crazy scary though. It sits 4,000 feet (1,333 yards) above the Colorado River – about three-quarter of a mile! The other side of the canyon is 3 miles in front of you. It’s better than a “bird’s eye view”; it’s like a God’s eye view. Awe is the only thing you can say or feel. The immensity is indescribable.
I was once on an international flight and the movie they showed was the documentary of how this glass Skwalk had been constructed. It was an engineering and architectural marvel. It was after I had already visited the Skywalk. I wished I had seen this documentary beforehand. It was fascinating – the engineering, construction and the way they had to roll it out over-looking the canyon once it was built. Keep in mind how much it weighs!
If you ever visit Las Vegas, take a day, or even a half day to go and visit the western rim of the Grand Canyon and stroll out onto the Skywalk; it’s the closest point from Las Vegas. Like I said earlier, if you’re not a moron like me, and you don’t get lost (use GPS), you will make it there and still be back in time to rage the night away in the Marquee nightclub at the swanky Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino.