Longest glass-bottom bridge opens in China

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Pingshan County, Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, north China (Reuters / CBS Newspath) -- The world's longest glass-bottom bridge opened to the public Sunday at the Hongyagu scenic area in Pingshan County, north China's Hebei Province, attracting over 3,000 tourists.

The world's longest glass-bottom bridge opened to the public Sunday at the Hongyagu scenic area in Pingshan County, north China's Hebei Province, attracting over 3,000 tourists. Courtesy: Reuters / CBS Newspath

The 488-meter-long glass bridge is four meters wide and hangs 218 meters above the valley between two steep cliffs. It's built by the Hebei Bailu Group for a special tourist attraction.

Some of the tourists said they didn't regret the hike as the view was simply out of the world.

"We've walked all the way from the entrance till here right in the middle. When we look down, it is fully transparent, and stands at a height of about 200 meters. I think it's very impressive," said one of the tourists.

According to Yang Shaobo, deputy general manager of Hebei Bailu Group, the bridge is paved of 1,077 transparent glasses, each four centimeters thick; and supported by 12 heavy vanadium cables weighing about 126 tons, which have a strong bearing capacity. It is also designed to withstand gale measuring level-12 on the Beaufort scale and earthquake measuring 6.0-magnitude on the Richter scale.

"Our glass-bottom bridge has been designed to hold up to 3,000 people. To ensure the safety of all the tourists, we only accept 600 at one time during the operation and we will arrange workers to monitor it at the entrance of the bridge. We also arrange engineering staff to check and maintain the locks on the bridge every day, and we send guards to assist those who are afraid of walking on the bridge. So this bridge is completely safe," said Yang.

Besides, tourists can enjoy the surrounding Hongyagu scenic spot while walking on the bridge, which boasts a unique geographic landscape with mountain views, natural waterfalls, ancient towns and temples.