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Highest and longest glass-bottom bridge to open in China

Zhangjiajie, a scenic national park in the country’s Hunan province, will open the world’s highest and longest glass-bottom bridge in July.

The bridge will stretch 430 meters (1,140 feet) long connecting two cliffs in China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. The glass bottom is 6 meters (20 feet) wide and offer views from 300 meters (984 feet) above the ground.

For comparison, the Skywalk in the Grand Canyon is 21 meters (69 feet) long and 2,198 meters (718 feet) above the floor of the canyon. The Skywalk in Alberta’s Jasper National Park  extends 35 meters (115 feet) from the cliff and hovers nearly 300 meters above the Sunwapta Valley below.

This latest glass-bottom footbridge was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan. Dotan is also behind Expo 2010 Shanghai’s Israel Pavilion and says that the bridge, which is capable of holding up to 800 people, will serve as a fashion show runway.

Zhangjiajie skywalk will also offer adrenaline junkies the chance to participate in the world’s highest bungee jump, which will officially steal that title from the Macau Tower at 233-meters (764 feet).

Zhangjiajie National Park is a 56-square-kilometer area designated for tourists inside the larger Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

The park has been open to the public since 2009.

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