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WORLD’s LONGEST GLASS BRIDGE TO OPEN IN CHINA (Relevant for GS Prelims)

The world’s longest and highest glass bridge (430 metres long, 300 metres high) in the Hunan province of China.

The world’s longest and highest glass bridge which has set ten world records for its design and construction will be opened for visitors this week in China’s Hunan Province.

The 430-meter long, six-meter wide bridge, paved with 99 panes of three-layer transparent glasses, hangs between two steep cliffs 300 meters above the ground.

The bridge has set ten world records spanning its design and construction, its management committee said.

A maximum of 8,000 visitors are allowed to cross the bridge everyday and a reservation must be made one day prior to visiting, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The construction of the bridge was completed in December.

In July, a two-tonne truck was driven across in a show of the bridge’s sturdiness.

The unique pillar-like mountain formation in Zhangjiajie appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster movie ‘Avatar’.

The Grand Canyon Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors from home and abroad in 2015. — PTI



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