You won’t get these views anywhere else.
The thought of walking in the clouds is given a new meaning with glass bridges and skywalks around the world. These glass bridges are meant for adventurers to appreciate panoramic views, but they are definitely not for the faint-hearted. If you think you are up for the challenge of crossing one, there are many close and far that will add thrill to your holiday and give you some Kodak moments.
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Bach Long Bridge
This new bridge in northwestern Vietnam has usurped a Chinese bridge to become the world’s longest bridge in the world. The Bach Long Bridge is 2,073 feet long and has a glass bottom that can withstand around 450 pedestrians. Standing at 492 feet between two mountains, it offers heart-stopping views of the greenery around.
Lianzhou Qingtian Tourism Development Co., Ltd Bridge
Located in Qingyuan, Guangdong, the 1,726-foot bridge is one of the longest glass-bottomed bridges in the world. You get brilliant views of the river suspended 660 feet in the air as you walk through this glass walkway. It opened to the public in 2020 and was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the longest, but it takes the second spot after Vietnam’s newest tourist attraction.
Another major tourist attraction in China is the 100-meter skywalk along the cliff of Tianmen Mountain in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon—it’s also called the Coiling Dragon Cliff skywalk. Since 2016, it has been promising beautiful vistas of the mountains to tourists who dare to walk on this winding bridge suspended 4,700 feet in the air.
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge
There are around 2,300 glass bridges in China. The country is obsessed with these walkways and it has consistently made world records. The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge opened in 2016 as the longest and highest pedestrian glass bridge in the world.
Apart from this bridge, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is also home to the world’s tallest outdoor elevator, the Bailong Elevator. The 1,070-foot glass elevator has been taking visitors up and down the mountain for two decades.
Grand Canyon Skywalk
You can test your resistance to heights close to home at the Grand Canyon Skywalk. This bridge has made it to the Guinness World Records as the highest cantilevered glass-bottomed skywalk in the world. The U-shaped bridge juts 70 feet out the canyon, giving you views of the natural wonder from 4,000 feet.
WHERE: South Korea
This skywalk is located on Oryukdo Island in the city of Busan. Perched on a 115-foot-high cliff, the transparent glass floor lets you take in the magnificent views of the Sea of Japan from every angle. Two other skydecks in Busan are worth crossing over: the Songdo Cloud Tails and the Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory.
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Haohan Qiao Bridge
The Brave Man’s Bridge in Hunan’s Shiniuzhai National Park was China’s first glass-bottomed bridge. With a 590-foot drop, it was a wooden bridge before the slats were replaced with glass in 2014 and now it churns your gut even more when you take steps to cover its length of 980 feet.
Columbia Icefield Skywalk
In Jasper National Park, you can admire the Sunwapta Valley from the U-shaped glass bridge. The cliff-edge observation deck—suspended 918 feet—is a major tourist attraction as it gives another perspective to gaze at the snow-capped peaks and the gushing river below.