Worlds longest glass bridge in China

Discussion in 'Chinese Chat' started by shinobi, Sep 30, 2015.

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    A terrifying wooden bridge in China has just been replaced by a glass one. This, the world’s longest glass-bottomed walkway, is located in Shiniuzhai Geopark in Hunan, and spans 300m (984f) and is 180m (590f) above ground. The floor is made of double-layered glass that is 24mm (0.94in), and is reportedly 25 times stronger than regular window glass.

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    The bridge had previously been made of wood, linking the two peaks of Stone Buddha Mountain, but 11 engineers working 12 hours a day converted it to glass. Previously, you were considered brave if you steeled yourself to cross the wooden walkway; now, with its glass bottom, the bridge is already being referred to as “hero bridge.”

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  2. Jeff

    Jeff 神之馬壯

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    In China? Nope, 200% not walking on it.
     
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  3. Espresso

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    lol. made in china, ?

    11 engineers?
     
  4. EvilTofu

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    It's cool but long term maintenance will be costly and China has bad rep for that.
     
  5. tien317

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    I would not dare to take a single step on the bridge....ahhhhhhhhhhhh
     
  6. amano.ai

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    It seems good ! But it's in China so maybe not very safe...:'(
     
  7. ralphrepo

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    Many of these "walk on air" tourist attractions are built on multiple layers of glass; preventing someone from falling should a single layer suffer catastrophic failure. All of these things, as far as I can remember, are positioned over stationary or fixed locations. Even the one that traverses around the side of a Chinese mountain is immobile. This bridge however, changes the physics entirely. Glass does not flex or bend well. Having pieces of glass mounted to a constantly moving or swaying suspension bridge is likely going to put stresses on the glass that the designers don't really want. Further having only a dual layer construct as opposed to a triple layer tells me that weight may have been a consideration also.

    My guess? This thing is going to suffer a failure relatively soon. For extra safety, they should have had a wire lattice on the underside, preventing something from actually falling through should the glass shatter.

    No. I wouldn't walk on it either.

    Here's a story about glass at high places and the scare it can cause: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/05/29/cracks-form-on-surface-of-willis-towers-ledge/
     
  8. runtohell121

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    Definitely scared to go on that..
     
  9. dafuq? .. i choose life
     
  10. crasianlee

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    And 12 hours that they worked on it...once again slave laboring them...that and the enclosure doesn't seem to be quite safe. Can't wait to hear the news if it comes out when the bridge broke and some mainlanders fell from it....
     
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    b-lee ǝʌıʇɔǝdsɹǝd ʇuǝɹǝɟɟıp ɐ

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    Apparently someone dropped a mug and it cracked the glass, it only took a mug to crack it :rofl:
     
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  16. amano.ai

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    lol so bad for them but why was this person with a mug there ? :huh:
     
  17. lol... so the designers of the bridge probs hear that and go: "nooooooooooooo, not a mug, it's the bridges ONLY weakness" :lol:
     
  18. ralphrepo

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    How much you want to bet, it was one of those souvenir mugs with a picture of their Glass Bridge on it, that was likely sold by an adjacent gift shop. Every tourist destination that I've ever been to around the world sells mugs, kitchen magnets, key chains and pictures of their attraction. Rather ironic if it was one of those mugs that brought the thing down, LOL...
     
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  19. crasianlee

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    A Knock Off mug to be exact haha I bet! Probably had too much lead in it or something...