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Adrenaline Junkies, Rejoice! Glass-Bottomed Spots to Hit Up Instead of China’s Closed Glass Bridge

Written by Mary Zakheim

This blog post was updated on December 18, 2019.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or terrified of heights, you probably remember this announcement from China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon a couple weeks ago:

The world’s highest and longest glass bridge just opened in China — and it looks terrifying. It hangs 980 feet above the floor of the deep, tree-lined Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge opened to the public on August 20th in the Hunan Province, and is now the tallest and longest glass bridge ever built. The walkway is more than 1400 feet long and 6 feet wide, and can accommodate 800 visitors at a time. Though the Zhangjiajie Bridge is now open to the public, construction is not entirely finished. By June 2017, courageous tourists will also be able to go bungee jumping off the side, in what will likely be the world’s highest bungee jump. Three enormous swings are also expected to dangle from the bridge, the biggest of which could be 500 feet long. So if the thrill of crossing the world’s highest glass bridge doesn’t get your heart pumping, just wait until next summer. Visit the link in our bio for more information. #bridge #china #zhangjiaje #architecture #travel #swing #walk #height #glass #summer 3tourist #bungeejump #canyon #built #design #innovation #traveltuesday : Reuters

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But before you buy your tickets to the beautiful south-central Chinese region, you may want to take a look at the most recent news, just two weeks after its grand opening:

So… Yeah. Maybe hold off on making that Trans-Pacific trek (at least for now) if you’re trying to see the best that the world has to offer in glass-bottomed structures. Apparently, the bridge had to be closed because the demand was simply too high — nearly five times the amount of the allotted 8,000 people per day maximum. The attraction’s management said that it will be making changes to accommodate the large demand, though has not said when visitors can expect it to reopen.

So in lieu of an expected reopening date, we’ve compiled a list of other places around the world where you can get your relatively safe, glass bridge-related adrenaline fix right now!

Dachstein Stairway to Nothingness — Schladming, Austria

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Kinzua Bridge Skywalk — Pennsylvania, USA

Kuala Lumpur Tower Skybox — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park — Vancouver, Canada

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Grand Canyon Skywalk — Arizona, USA

And if you already bought your tickets to China, you’re in luck! Check out the cliff-hugging glass skywalk in the same park as the skybridge:

Have you been to any of the above places (we really want to get to that Dachstein Stairway to Nothingness) or know of any around the world that we left out? Tell us about it in the comments!

About the author

Mary Zakheim

When she is not figuring out what the middle button on her headphones is for, explaining the difference between Washington State and Washington D.C., arriving to the airport too early or refusing to use the Oxford comma, you can usually find Mary in the mountains, at a show or on her couch.

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