Tourists use sledgehammers to test safety of China’s 300-meter-high glass bridge

  • About 30 visitors were invited to test out how sturdy the 430-meter-long glass-bottom bridge in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province in China
  • The tourists were each given a sledgehammer to use as hard as they can, trying to break the glass bridge
  • Officials in China claimed that the glass bridge, which has three layers of glass with each 15mm-thick layer, is able to support the weight of up to 800 people at once

HUNAN PROVINCE, China – A video showing tourists in China using a sledgehammer to test the safety of the world’s longest glass bridge emerged online and caught the attention of the online community.

Lord Marin mentioned in his article for Yibada published on June 28 that about 30 visitors were invited to test out how sturdy the 430-meter-long glass-bottom bridge in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province in China.

The tourists were each given a sledgehammer to use as hard as they can, trying to break the glass bridge. Fortunately, the glass panels held strong against the sledgehammers which weighed 5.5 kilograms (12 pounds).

Officials in China claimed that the glass bridge, which has three layers of glass with each layer 15mm thick, is able to support the weight of up to 800 people at once.

An article by Wesley Yiin for The Washington Post said that in order to further prove the bridge’s sturdiness, a 2,000 kilogram-Volvo XC 90 with 11 passengers inside drove over the glass panels that were hit by the sledgehammers from before.

Reports said all of the testing done were intended to ease the fear of the public after a similar glass-bottomed bridge in Henan cracked in 2015, just two weeks after it initially opened.

Chen Zhidong, a park official, said the cracked glass will not break into pieces and people can still safely walk on it without crashing down. Another separate test was conducted by the bridge officials wherein 25 people were instructed to jump on the glass panels, making all three layers to crack, but was not enough to break the bridge itself.

The opening of the 300-meter-high bridge spanning the Zhangjiajie’s Grand Canyon, which was initially scheduled in May, will be pushed to July due to the constant rainfall in the area.

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