An improbable landscape of soaring,Â pine-crested sandstone spires,Â Zhangjiajie in Chinaâ€™s Hunan provinceÂ is known to global moviegoersÂ for its resemblance to the floatingÂ Hallelujah Mountains of Avatar. ButÂ itâ€™s not just the dreamlike sceneryÂ that will take your breath awayâ€”theÂ area now boasts an extreme feat ofÂ engineering, worthy of any HollywoodÂ blockbuster.
Stretching 430 meters long and 6 meters wide, hovering over a 300-meter-deep valley between two cliffs in the canyon area,Â the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon GlassÂ Bridge opened on August 20, becoming the world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge. However,Â a flood of 80,000Â daily visitorsâ€”10 times the expectedÂ numberâ€”led to its temporaryÂ closure in just two weeks.
But the glassÂ walkway has finally reopened to tourists and promises to provide evenÂ more heart-pounding experiences like bungee jumping in the near future.
This article originally appeared in theÂ October/NovemberÂ print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śWalk this Wayâ€ť).