A few lucky visitors were given the chance to test the sturdiness of the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge by smashing it with a hammer. Soon after, for good measure, an SUV drove across to prove how much weight it can handle.
The soon-to-be-opened modern marvel of a bridge spans Zhangjiajie’s Grand Canyon, 430 meters across, hanging 300 meters above the canyon floor.
This stress test was performed a few weeks after a BBC journalist was invited to smash the bridge with a sledgehammer. In case there were still any lingering doubts, this time, 30 people were allowed to go at the bridge with 5.5 kg hammers. It cracked, but it did not break. “Even if the glass cracks, it will not break into pieces. Pedestrians can still walk on it,” said a park official quoted by SCMP.
Shortly afterwards a 2-ton SUV drove across the bridge to test its loading capacity. It made it across! Which isn’t that big of a surprise considering the bridge can hold at least 800 people at the same time.
Park officials hope that this series of rigorous testing will help to assuage public fears after a glass-bottomed bridge in Henan cracked last year, only two weeks after opening. After passing these tests, the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge will open to the public soon.
Considering that the bridge was scheduled to open last October, we aren’t really sure what exactly soon means here.
By Amy Yang
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