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World’s Highest and Longest Glass Bridge to Open in China

The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge will open to visitors in central China this weekend.

The bridge connects two mountain cliffs in what are known as the Avatar mountains (the movie was shot here) in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province.

Completed in December, the 1411ft-long bridge cost $3.4 million to build and stands 985ft above ground, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The glass-bottomed bridge has been paved with 99 panes of three-layered transparent glass.

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According to officials, the 19.5ft-wide bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan – has already set world records for its architecture and construction.

Glass bridges in China have been a popular craze for the daring photo opportunities they provide. Events like mass yoga displays and even weddings have been staged on several such bridges.

One couple celebrated their special day by dangling in mid-air from a bridge in Pingjiang, also located in Hunan province.

Officials have staged high-profile events to try and reassure the public of the bridge’s safety.

They sent in sledgehammers and even drove a car, filled with passengers, across the bridge earlier this year.

Park officials have said a maximum of 8,000 visitors will be allowed on the bridge each day.

Those wanting to add another thrill to their bucket list are strongly encouraged to book their slots in advance.