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A new glass bridge spanning the Yellow River in China provides more than just a river view: Parts are adorned with three-dimensional murals that are custom-made for selfies.

The Shapotou Suspension Bridge’s glass bottom renovation is the first of its kind on the Yellow River, and was put in place due to increased interest from tourists in such attractions.

Glass-Bottomed Bridge

Located in Zhongwei, Ningxia Province, the bridge sits at 1,076 feet long, featuring 61 panels of normal glass and 77 panels of glass with 3-D printed images. Each option creates a spectacular view for photography, with someone looking as if they are standing right above the river’s rushing waters, or standing right over a 3-D-printed waterfall.

The Shapotou Suspension Bridge was originally built in 2014, and with the increase in tourist interest in glass-bottomed bridges, site management decided to repave the bridge with glass, noted Daily Mail Online. This resulted in two-thirds of the bridge walkway being replaced with glass, while the rest remained wood.

The bridge is 8.5 feet wide and is suspended 33 feet above the Yellow River.

According to the Daily Mail, 300 people can stand on the bridge at one time, and the span itself can support up to three tons.

The bridge was opened to the public on July 31.

Longest Glass Bridge

Late 2016 saw the opening of the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, which spans 1,410 feet across a canyon that’s over 980 feet deep, making it the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge.

The deck has an hourglass taper, narrowing to six meters (about 20 feet) at the center of the bridge and features 99 panes off transparent safety glass. The deck rests on two 2-foot-wide steel beams, and suspension cables extend from towers on each side of the canyon.

For those who aren’t thrilled enough by the glass bridge itself, the structure also reportedly hosts the world’s largest bungee jump, at 250 meters.


Tagged categories: AS; Bridges; China; Construction; Glass; Program/Project Management; Renovation

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