As of today, the skywalk spanning the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon has officially been linked, and is set to open to the public in May 2016. So for those die-hard Avatar fans out there, soon you will be able to see the inspiration behind James Cameron’s Pandora like you’ve never seen it before.
At 430 meters long and 300 meters above the canyon floor, the Zhangjiajie bridge will be both the longest and highest of its kind in the world. Basically, it is not for the faint of heart, aka this guy.
The skywalk was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, who says the bridge will also serve as a runway for fashion shows
To avoid any mishaps, like what occurred on the glass bridge in Hunan’s Yuntai Mountain, the designers of this bridge claim it has undergone rigorous testing to ensure that it can withstand any wear and tear from both human and non-human factors. It was originally scheduled to open back in October, so maybe they spent some extra time making sure everything was safe.
According to Chen Zhi Dong, Chairman of the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, it passed any and all tests “with flying colors.” (Though, perhaps flying isn’t the best choice of words here…)
If merely traversing this vertigo-inducing bridge is not enough of a thrill for you, you can also bungee jump or zipline off of the bridge.
As for us at the Shanghaiist, we prefer to take in the sights from the comfort of our office, thank you very much.
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By Kevin Engle