Thrill-seekers need no longer travel all the way to the mountains to get their kicks by braving one of China’s many glass-bottomed bridges with the Hebei capital of Shijiazhuang opening such a bridge right downtown.
The 100-meter-long glass bridge spans over a wide road near the main railway station, affording pedestrians scenic views of the traffic below. In addition, of the 52 plates of glass that make up the bridge, four of them will use special effects so that they appear to shatter as walk over them, like so:
The last few years have been a golden age of glass-bottomed bridge construction in China with rural scenic sites attempting to one-up one another by building the longest or highest bridge.
While some have decided that their life is too precious to risk a walk on one of these bridges, so far, there’s just been one slight mishap, when a panel on a bridge on Henan’s Yuntai Mountain cracked back in 2015 after a tourist dropped a stainless steel mug.