The makers of the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge pulled off a highly unusual yet impressive PR move to draw visitors to the new attraction ahead of its opening next month.
The 430-meter-long and 300-meter-high structure, which hangs over Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Central China, can reportedly support the weight of 800 people at once. However, in order to reassure visitors of its safety, the company challenged the BBC’s Dan Simmons to stop over and attempt to shatter one of its panels with a sledgehammer.
“This is how they're going to assuage people's fears of glass bridges,” said Simmons, before smashing the top layer of glass with a number of blows from the sledgehammer. Although he managed to break the top layer of the glass, the two layers below the surface remained intact.
Considering another glass bridge at Yuntai Mountain Geological Park in Henan shattered last year, causing panic and chaos, this stunt was highly important.
The platform cost about $4 million and offers panoramic views of the Hunan province.
Watch the BBC journalist trying to smash the glass-bottomed bridge in the video above.