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New glass suspension bridge in China is 980 feet long, 600 feet high, and absolutely terrifying

October 2nd, 2015 at 10:18 AM
Glass Suspension Bridge

Engineers in China recently completed work on a mesmerizing 980 ft. long suspension bridge primarily made out of glass. Dubbed the Haohan Qiao Bridge — which appropriately translates to Brave Men’s Bridge in English — the engineering marvel towers 600 feet above a canyon below and is situated between two cliffs. Located at the Shiniuizhai National Geological Park in southern China, the Haohan Qiao Bridge is clearly not meant for the faint of heart.

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While the notion of walking across glass that high up in the air is certainly a bit jarring, the glass used is said to be exceedingly safe. Specifically, the glass is three-quarters of an inch thick and is treated to be extremely resistant to both bending and shattering. One of the workers who worked on the bridge told China News that the glass used on the bridge is more than 25 times stronger than ordinary glass. Meanwhile, the glass itself is encapsulated by a steel frame to ensure maximum sturdiness.

“The steel frame used to support and encase the glass bridge is also very strong and densely built, so even if a glass is broken, travelers won’t fall through,” a worker recently told the China News Service.

You can check out video of folks walking through the bridge below.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.




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