Would you like to feel the world at your feet? Tourist demands put countries that want to attract them on the spot. That's because they don't only want to offer culture, food, landscapes and other strong attractions but arouse heavy emotions both in young and old people.
One of the attractions are booming bridges or glass viewpoints. They are increasingly found in more and more places because of the demand for new experiences. But today, we’ll talk about the three highest and impressive glass viewpoints. Ready to start?
Grand Canyon Skywalk is a glass viewpoint located in the Grand Canyon National Park in Colorado, USA and only about 190 km from the city of Las Vegas. This viewpoint takes the first place for being the highest in the world. It rises more than 1,220 metres above the Colorado River. Something curious about it is that the work does not connect the two sides of the gorge but it forms a horseshoe-shaped walkway with glass floor which extends about 21 metres beyond the canyon’s edge. The whole structure weighs 500 tons, only the glass, about 10 cm thick, weighs 90 tons. It is able to withstand 800 visitors in total, although for safety reasons, only 120 people are allowed to visit it at a time. All this makes possible a spectacular view of one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world.
Bridge Zhangjiajie. This immense structure is located in Grand Canyon Zhangjiajie in the Shiniuzhai Geopark in China (Hunan Province). What makes this bridge suitable for the bravest ones is not so much its altitude, located about 300 metres at ground level, but its length. It is the longest in the world with about 400 metres. Despite the sense of fragility, the bridge consists of materials from the aviation industry and it is supported on two large steel and concrete beams. During its construction they carried out several tests to ensure that the gateway resist extreme temperatures, heavy winds and earthquakes. It can hold 800 people at a time, who will walk on one of the cliffs of the tourist park. This Wulingyuan Scenic Area was the inspiration for the beautiful planet Pandora, in the famous film Avatar, by James Cameron.
Shilinxia viewpoint, also in China, in the district of Pinggun, Pekin. It is currently the viewpoint with the largest glass in the world. It has a circular platform of about 400 square metres which stands 32 metres above the cliff’s edge. Despite its immense size, it is the first structure of high strength and low weight constructed with armored glass, steel and titanium. However, it is not the highest viewpoint as it is situated at an altitude of 800 metres above sea level. It has the amazing ability to withstand the weight of almost 2,000 visitors. For the moment, it’s only allowed to hold a total of 200 people at a time to enjoy the spectacular views of Jingdong Stone Forest Gorge.