Glass bridge in China:
Longer, higher, more staggering
By Chunhui Huang
The Chinese have a predilection for everything that is "More". Here again, they come to prove it to the world.
At the heart of the fabulous Grand Canyon National Park of Zhangjiajie, in the province of Hunan, is erected and deployed in splendour, a glass bridge connecting two cliffs overlooking a 300-meter high gorge.
Last news update:
The reopening of this bridge is to be checked before departure. The authorities of the Zhangjiajie National Park had to close it temporarily in order to better cope, for logistics aspects, with the demand exceeding all expectations. According to the authorities, security is not an issue.
Glee or fear?
The bridge itself, which is 430 meters in length on 6 meters in width, has a bearing capacity allowing up to 800 people at a time to walk on its hundred of glass plates of 5 centimeters thick , in happiness for some, or in horror for others, depending.
To access it, there is a ticket to pay, and the conditions relating to safety and security are well aware and very stringent: nothing else in pockets and in hands than a wallet and a phone/cellular camera to capture the scene.
The art of making you breathless
The main activity is therefore simply, if we can say…., cross the bridge on foot. But soon, the more adventurous can make a bungee jump (!): Of course, this will be the highest Bungee spot in the world.
The future fashion parades that will take place there already promise to be nothing less than magical.
But there is so much to see and to do in addition, permanently.
The Zhangjiajie National Park, which extends on 60 square kilometers, offers visitors and hikers the full panoply of natural attractions: mountains, sources, cliffs, gorges, forest, caves.
You can also choose to walk upon its soil, perpendicular, borrowing the Sky ladders, made of wood to better appreciate the cliffs from their foundations to their summits.
For those who love to take this more relax, the Slide Way, kind of treadmill of granite, circulates on 600 meters to admire the landscape quietly.
The rattle of the cameras multiply in front of the Family portrait : three rocky formations of different heights, evoking the father, the mother and the child.
Finally, The Bandit’s Cave plunges you back in the period when bandits took refuge there to escape with success from police authorities.
In the surroundings
At a distance of 40 minutes or 1 hour, there are other natural phenomena worthy of a visit: The Golden Whip Brook, the Tianmen Mountain National Park, the Yellow Dragon Cave and the Baofeng Lake.
Ideally in September, October, November and March. The other months are wet, cold or too crowded with tourists.
By plane, from Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin or Ghangzhou. A local bus departs each day from the nearest city, Zhangjiajie, which encompasses more than 200 hotels. Local tour operators also offer "all inclusive" 4-day excursions.
Quite a natural trip, sublimated by human genius.