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China's first cross-island glass bridge built at 490 ft





  • China has opened its first cross-island glass bridge at an eco park in Hunan
  • Measuring 984 ft long, the bridge provides a panoramic view over Shiyan Lake
  • It is unveiled as the latest attraction to Shiyan Ecological Park on September 30
  • The bridge can hold a maximum of 1,200 people at one time, claimed experts

By Tiffany Lo For Mailonline

Published: 12:33 EDT, 4 October 2017 | Updated: 16:04 EDT, 4 October 2017

China is continuing its passion for glass-bottomed bridges.

The country has just opened its first cross-island glass bridge to the public in central China's Hunan Province on September 30.

The multi-glazed glass bridge measures 300 metres long (984 ft) and set 150 metres (492 ft) above water across Shiyan Lake.

China's first glass bridge that connected two islands with a distance of 300 metres (984 ft)
China's first glass bridge that connected two islands with a distance of 300 metres (984 ft)

China's first glass bridge that connected two islands with a distance of 300 metres (984 ft)

It is built with three layers of reinforced glass and held by strong suspensions along the bridge
It is built with three layers of reinforced glass and held by strong suspensions along the bridge

It is built with three layers of reinforced glass and held by strong suspensions along the bridge

Drone footage posted by People's Daily Online captures a breath-taking view of the glass bridge on October 2.

Visitors can enjoy an all-round view of the lake and the scenic view around.

The glass-made suspension bridge is the latest attraction of Shiyanhu Ecological Park in Changsha.

According to Dr Yin Xinping from the design institute of Hunan University, the glass bridge can hold a maximum load of 1,200 people.

The bridge was open to public on September 30 as the latest attraction of Shiyanhu Eco Park
The bridge was open to public on September 30 as the latest attraction of Shiyanhu Eco Park

The bridge was open to public on September 30 as the latest attraction of Shiyanhu Eco Park

The glass bridge was proved to withstand strong wind and strong vibration, claimed experts
The glass bridge was proved to withstand strong wind and strong vibration, claimed experts

The glass bridge was proved to withstand strong wind and strong vibration, claimed experts

Visitors can enjoy a clear view beneath their feet as they cross over the green waters 
Visitors can enjoy a clear view beneath their feet as they cross over the green waters 

Visitors can enjoy a clear view beneath their feet as they cross over the green waters 

'The material used on the bridge are three layers of reinforced glass. Each layer is separated with plastic. The bridge can allow a six-tonne car to drive through,' explained Dr Yin.

The bridge can also withstand strong wind and vibration under rounds of safety inspections.

It's set to be China's first cross-island glass bridge, to provide a magnificent view of Shiyan Lake to visitors.

Shiyanhu Ecological Park is recorded as a 4-As tourist spot, surrounded by mountains along with Chinese traditions such as pagodas and temples. 

 

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