Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridges
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The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is a glass-bottomed skywalk bridge hanging over Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. It was listed by CNN as one of the 11 most spectacular bridges in the world and was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Highest Footbridge".

In this article, you will know all the things about this wonder from tickets booking to tips for visiting.

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Facts

1. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge was the highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world when it opened in 2016.

2. The glass bridge is 430 meters (1410 feet) long, 6 meters (20 feet) wide and about 300 meters (980 ft) above the canyon floor below.

3. It can hold up to 800 people at the same time, but only up to 600 are allowed on the glass bridge for the sake of security and daily traffic is limited to 8,000.

4. It’s home to the world’s highest bungee jump at 280 meters (919 ft) attached to the glass bridge.

5. It is a super runway for fashion shows.

Dare to Walk on the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge?

Nervous about walking on the glass above the Grand Canyon? Have no fear; the walkway is strong enough to bear the weight of over 800 people at one time and it has experienced a test that a foreigner drove a two-ton Volvo XC90 on the bridge.

You will be over 980 feet in the air when walking across the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge. You have the option of walking on the metal walkway or walking, standing and sitting on the "glass" which inserts in the bridge.

The glass bridge is awesome, especially in nice weather. For many visitors, it is not scary even looking through the glass floor to the bottom of the valley. Do you dare to walk? Try it.

View Over Zhangjiajie Glass Bridges source from: https://www.civileng.co.il

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Ticket and Booking

You can just buy a ticket to the Grand Canyon Glass Bridge ONLY or buy a package to the Glass Bridge and the Grand Canyon. If your time allows, a hike along the Grand Canyon is worthy of a try.

Ticket for the Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge: CNY 259 plus insurance fee of CNY 3
Ticket for the Glass Bridge Only: CNY 125 plus insurance fee of CNY 3

Book Ticket in Advance: You need to purchase the ticket in advance because the ticket is not available on spot except for discounted tickets for kids, students, and senior people. The tickets are only available on its official website which only has a booking page with the Chinese version. Thus you'd better ask help from a local agency.

Visit by Batches: As a maximum of 600 people are allowed on the glass bridge at one time, visitors are allowed to enter in batches. The entering time is set when booking the ticket.

There are four periods for visitors who book the tickets for the Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge: 7:00-8:59, 9:00-11:29, 11:30-14:00, 14:00-16:25. There is only one hour left to those who visit the Glass Bridge only: 16:40-17:40.

Best Times to Visit

The best time of year to visit the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is April to May (except from May Day holiday from May 1st to 3rd), and October to November (except from National Day holiday from Oct 1st to 7th) when the weather is comfortable and less crowded.

In winter, snow isn't frequent but can happen. Summers can be hot and are always flooded with Chinese visitors.

The best time of day to visit the glass bridge is early morning and late afternoon to avoid the large groups of Chinese people.

How to Get to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge

To visit Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, you need to fly to Zhangjiajie firstly. The direct flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, and Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie are available. If no direct flights, Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province, is a good place to transfer.

The Glass Bridge is located about 1.5 hours' drive from downtown Zhangjiajie, and about half an hour from Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

From Downtown Zhangjiajie to Grand Canyon Glass Bridge

By public bus: Take a bus from Zhangjiajie City Bus Station (张家界市中心汽车站, near Zhangjiajie Train Station) to Wulingyuan Bus Station (武陵源汽车站) from where take a direct bus to the canyon. The travel time is about 1.5 hours. The total fare is about 30 yuan.

You might find some information that it is possible to take a bus from downtown Zhangjiajie to the canyon. Yes, it is right. The problem is that you may need to wait for a long time for the bus as there are only four buses per day.

There is no bus travelling from Zhangjiajie Airport to the glass bridge. You need to get to Zhangjiajie City Bus Station for the bus as mentioned above.

By taxi: It takes about 1 hour by taxi and costs about 250 yuan.

From Wulingyuan Scenic Area to Grand Canyon Glass Bridge

Take a bus from Wulingyuan Bus Station to the canyon directly. It takes about 40 minutes and costs about 12 yuan. If traveling by taxi, the cost is about 80 yuan.

Tips for Touring Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

1.Time needed: One day is enough to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and the Glass Bridge. If you only visit the Glass Bridge only, half day is enough.

2.Things allowed and not allowed: Only mobile phones are allowed on the bridge. Cameras are not allowed on the bridge; along with other personal property, they must be stored in a locker before entering the Skywalk.

3.Avoid crowds: Try to avoid peak seasons and national holidays. Arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon. It is opening time is 07:30-17:30.

4.Lunch: There are no restaurants in the park. You are suggested to get back to Wulingyuan for lunch or bring some food on your own.

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge VS. Tianmen Mountain Glass Skywalk / Zhangjiajie Glass Elevator

Many visitors are confused with Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, Glass Skywalk and Glass Elevator, they are in three different places and offers different views.

Item Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Tianmen Mountain Glass Skywalk Bailong Glass Elevator
Location In Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, about 65 km from downtown In downtown Zhangjiajie, near train station In Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, close to Avatar Mountain
Type A glass-bottomed bridge hanging between two mountains A glass-bottomed skywalk stretching around a cliff A glass elevator built on the side of a cliff
View The view of the Grand Canyon A panoramic view of Zhangjiajie mountains Pillar-mountains in the national park, but only one minute

Insider's Tips:

1. If you want to have a thrilling feeling, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge and Tianmen Mountain Glass Skywalks are options.

2. The three spots are popular among visitors and are often crowded. If the tickets for the Glass Bridge are sold out, you can have a try on the Glass Skywalk in Tianmen Mountain.

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Bungee Jump: the World's Highest

Aerial View of Zhangjiajie Glass Bridgessource from: https://www.civileng.co.il

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is home to the world’s highest bungee jump, with a height of 280 meters (919 feet). It is renowned as the world’s highest and most thrilling bungee jump.

But till now (May 2019), the bungee jump doesn't open to the public.

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Construction

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is a construction wonder. It was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan.

Why Built

It is a bridge to draw people to experience the marvelous views of the beautiful canyon, and more importantly, it is a stage for dreaming for an invisible footbridge.

How Built

The bridge, which cost $3.4m to build, connects two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie. The canyon spans 385 meters and the towers which support the main cables stand on each side at a distance of 430 meters. To achieve the architectural goal of integrating the bridge into nature and minimizing the height of the beams, a girder structure was designed with a height of 0.6 meters.

The bridge is composed of large size glass panels, 3 meters X 4 meters laminated glass, 55 mm thick. To guarantee the safety of the bridge and to minimize the structural response in the strong wind, the bridge simulation was tested for 6 months in the Wind Testing Laboratory.

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Cracked or Collapsed?

You might hear that a bridge in China named the Zhangjiajie Glass bridge collapsed. It is not true. It was not actually the glass bridge that collapsed, but a different one in Vietnam.

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge was indeed temporarily closed after its two-week trial operation. It was mainly because of the irresistible number of visitors per day. Therefore, the government was forced to do urgent maintenance exertion.

Now it stands firm in Hunan and is visited by thousands of tourists per day.

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