An improbable landscape of soaring, pine-crested sandstone spires, Zhangjiajie in China’s Hunan province is known to global moviegoers for its resemblance to the floating Hallelujah Mountains of Avatar. But it’s not just the dreamlike scenery that will take your breath away—the area now boasts an extreme feat of engineering, worthy of any Hollywood blockbuster.
Stretching 430 meters long and 6 meters wide, hovering over a 300-meter-deep valley between two cliffs in the canyon area, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge opened on August 20, becoming the world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge. However, a flood of 80,000 daily visitors—10 times the expected number—led to its temporary closure in just two weeks.
But the glass walkway has finally reopened to tourists and promises to provide even more heart-pounding experiences like bungee jumping in the near future.
This article originally appeared in the October/November print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Walk this Way”).