Top 10 Glass Bridges in China
Glass bridges are booming in China in recent years. There are over 40 glass-bottomed bridges across the country. Wherever you are going to visit, the north, south or the middle of China, you can have a chance to experience the thrilling on a glass-bottomed bridge. Here, we’ve rounded up the top 10 glass bridges in China.
1. Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge: The Most Famous One
Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, also called Yuntiandu (a way of clouds to the sky), is the most famous glass-bottom bridge in China. It has been a must-see attraction in Zhangjiajie since it opened to the public in 2016.
It has been notable for the world’s the longest and tallest glass bride and it has been listed among the 11 most spectacular bridges in the world by CNN.
The bridge is suspended about 300 meters (984 ft) above the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and measures 430 meters (1,410 ft) in length and 6 meters (20 ft) in breadth. Up to 600 people are allowed on the glass bridge at one time. You are suggested to book a ticket in advance during peak season.
Standing on the bridge, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. If you have the courage, you can also experience the world's highest bungee jumping.
- Location: It is located in Cili County, Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province. It is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
- How to get there: Take a bus from Zhangjiajie City Bus Station to Wulingyuan Bus Station from where take a "Wulingyuan–Grand Canyon" bus. It takes about 1.5 hours.
- Ticket Price: 256 yuan (38 USD)
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2. Tianmen Mountain Glass Skywalk in Zhangjiajie
Different from the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bride, Tianmen Mountain Glass Skywalks stretch around a cliff on Tianmen Mountain which is located in Zhangjiajie City.
Among three skywalks on the mountain, the Coiling Dragon Cliff Skywalk is the most famous one. The crystal clear bridge is 100 meters (328 feet) long, 1.6 meters (5 feet) wide, and about over 1,430 meters (4,700 feet) above sea level.
Standing on the see-through skywalk, you can enjoy incredible views of Zhangjiajie's lovely landscapes and experience spine-tingling thrills.
- Location: It is located 10 kilometers south to Zhangjiajie City in Hunan Province.
- How to get there: Take a public bus or taxi from Zhangjiajie Train Station to Tianmen Mountain Cableway Station, about 5 minutes.
- Ticket Price: 258 yuan (38 USD)
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3. Tianyun Mountain Glass Bridge near Beijing
If you have no time to travel to Zhangjiajie, you can pay a visit to Tianyun Mountain Scenic Area which is at Pinggu District in outer Beijing, about 140 kilometers from the urban area. With splendid landscape, picturesque scenery, steep cliffs, magnificent peaks, and deep valleys, it was praised as “Zhangjiajie in north China”.
Tianyun Mountain Glass Bridge spans between two mountains, more than 200 meters (656 feet) long and 2 meters (6.6 feet) wide. It is about 1,000 meters (3281 feet) above sea level and has a drop of about 300 meters (984 feet). Connected to it is a giant glass viewing platform with an area of 600 square meters.
You can choose to walk up all the way or take cableway part of the way to reach glass bridge. The trip to the glass bridge can be completed in one day return from Beijing. Even if not for the glass bridge, the hiking trip is rewarding with its beautiful canyon scenery.
- Location: It is located in Tianyun Mountain Scenic Area at Pinggu District in outer Beijing, about 140 kilometers from the urban area.
- How to get there: From Beijing, take the public bus 918 (or 852) from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub for Pinggu District. Get off from bus 918 at local bus stop Ying Bin Huan Dao) to take local bus 25 (or 26) at the same bus stop.
- Ticket Price: 78 yuan (12 USD)
4. 3D Glass Bridge over the Yellow River in Zhongwei, Ningxia
In 2017, China's first 3D glass bridge across the Yellow River was built in Zhongwei, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. The glass bridge has a total length of 210 meters (689 feet) and a width of 2.6 meters (8.5 feet). The vertical height of the bridge deck from the river surface is 10 meters (33 feet). Each glass has a load capacity of 3 tons.
What makes this bridge special is not only the transparent glass but also the immersive 3D effect. Walking on it is like walking in the river. It provides tourists with an opportunity to appreciate the grandeur of the Yellow River from above.
- Location: It is located in Shapotou Scenic Area at Zhongwei City in Ningxia.
- How to get there: From Zhongwei Bus Station, take a bus to Shapotou, and it takes 40 minutes.
- Ticket Price: 100 yuan (15 USD) from Apr. to Oct.; 45 yuan (7 USD) from Nov. to Mar.
5. Hongyagu Suspension Glass Bridge in Hebei
Hongyagu Suspension Glass Bridge is located in the Hongya Valley Scenic Area in Pingshan County, north China's Hebei Province. It has been claimed as the world's longest suspension glass bridge since it opened at the end of 2017.
It spans over two cliffs with a total length of 488 meters (1,600 feet), a width of 4 meters (13 feet), and a vertical drop of 218 meters (715 feet). The bottom-bridge is made of 1,077 glass panels that are four centimeters thick (almost 1.6 inches).
The bridge was designed to hold up 3,000 people, but only 600 people are allowed to walk on it at one time for the sake of safety. You’d better hold on tight when you walk across the bright as it will sway in the wind.
- Location: It is located in the Hongya Valley Scenic Area in Pingshan County, Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province.
- How to get there: Take a shuttle bus to from Shijiazhuang Bus Station to Hongya Valley Scenic Area.
- Ticket Price: 170 yuan (25 USD)
6. U-shaped Glass Skywalk in Chongqing
Located in Chongqing of south-west China, the spectacular U-shaped glass-bottomed skywalk called Yunduan (above the clouds) is the longest cantilever skywalk in the world, beating Arizona’s Grand Canyon Skywalk by 5.3 meters (17.4 feet).
It is a cantilever bridge built on a cliff with an altitude of 1010 meters (3314 feet), hovering 718 meters (2356 feet) above the ground, and extending 26.7 meters (87.5 feet) from the edge of a cliff.
In 2015, the world's low-altitude skydiving master Miles Daishery jumped from the bridge, which made the bridge become a hot spot for extreme sports. In 2016, the World Low Sky Parachuting Competition was held on the bride.
Chongqing has another A-shaped glass walkway called the 'Sky Corridor', which is located at the Wansheng Mountain Scenic Area, in the southwest Chongqing region.
- Location: It is located in Longgang Scenic Area, Yunyang County, Chongqing
- How to get there: Take a bullet train from Chongqing North Station to Lichuan Station and then take a bus to the scenic area.
- Ticket Price: 120 yuan (18 USD)
7. Yinglong Gorge Glass Bridge with 5D Effect in Chongqing
Chongqing Yinglong Gorge Glass Bridge is unique for its 5D special effect system which provides tourists a unique visual experience. When you stand on the bridge, in addition to the unique natural scenery, you will be thrilled by the multi-dimensional display of the glass bridge – the glass might be “broken” when you step on it. No worry. It is just a special effect.
Apart from the 5D glass bridge, there are many interesting activities in this scenic area such as trekking through the jungle and grass skiing.
- Location: It is over the Yinglong Gorge, Banan District, Chongqing.
- How to get there: Take Light Rail Line 6 to Chayuan Station and then take the public bus 180 and then change to 170.
- Ticket Price: 120 yuan (18 USD)
8. Shiniuzhai Glass Bridge in Hunan
Shiniuzhai Glass Bridge is located in Shiniuzhai National Geological Park (renown for beautiful Danxia landforms) in Pingjiang County in China's central Hunan Province. It was built in 2015 and was China's first all-glass suspension bridge.
Its name Haohan Qiao (the Brave Men's Bridge) implies courage is needed to walk on it. It spans across two cliffs with a length of 300 meters (984 feet) and a height of 180 meters (590 feet), giving travelers an astonishing view below.
There is also a glass walkway in the park. Different from the other glass walkways, this 180-meter walkway is equipped with inductive electronic components. It can play wonderful notes according to the rhythm of the tourists walking it.
- Location: It is located in Shiniuzhai Scenic Area, Pingjiang County, Hunan Province.
- How to get there: Take the public bus from Changshai East Bus Station to the scenic area.
- Ticket Price: 118 yuan (17 USD)
9. The Yunmenshan Glass Bridge near Guangzhou
The Yunmenshan Glass Bridge is the first fully transparent glass bridge in Guangdong Province in south China. The length of the bridge is 316 meters (1037 feet), the vertical height is 168 meters (551 feet), and the width is 2.8 meters (9 feet). It can accommodate 500 people at the same time. The maximum daily reception capacity can reach 6,000.
The bridge is suspended between two peaks. When stepping on the glass bridge, you will have a panoramic view of the breathtaking scenery of the canyon.
Apart from the glass bridge, there are more things to do in the Yunmen Mountain Scenic Area, such as praying at Yunmen Temple, drifting in the canyon.
- Location: It is located in the Yunmen Mountain Scenic Area, Shaoguan City, about 250km from Guangzhou.
- How to get there: It takes about one hour traveling from Guangzhou City to Shaoguan City by bullet train. On arrival, take a taxi to Yunmen Mountain Scenic Area.
- Ticket Price: 60 yuan (9 USD)
10. The First Suspension Glass Bridge in Liuzhou, Guangxi
The first suspension glass bridge is located in Liuzhou City, Guangxi Province. The glass-bottomed bridge stretches 1999 centimeter and is suspended over a 520-centimeter-deep valley.
Due to the lucky number of the height of the bridge (520 means “I love you” in Chinese), it has been a hot place for lovers to express their love.
On the bridge, you will be impressed by the dense virgin forest below your feet and feel thrilled when the bridge swings as you step on it.
- Location: It is located in Shuanglong Valley Scenic Area, Rongshui County, Liuzhou City, Guangxi. It is about 200 km from the famous Guilin.
- How to get there: It takes about 1 hour traveling from Guilin to Liuzhou by bullet train. On arrival Liuzhou, you can take a train or shuttle bus getting to Rongshui Country.
- Ticket Price: 80 yuan (12 USD)