World Natural Heritage World Geopark The First National Forest Park of China
shuire@gmail.com ZJJOnine

Cool the craze for Zhangjiajie glass bridges

News 2019/11/10 View:453

SINCE THE "GLASS BRIDGE" across a valley in Zhangjiajie, a sight-seeing spot in Hunan province, became a tourist attraction three years ago, dozens of such "bridges for the brave", which are built with plate glass and steal beams, have been constructed across the country. Guangzhou Daily comments:

To attract tourists and boost tourism revenue is the only impetus prompting the managers of the sightseeing zones to construct such bridges.

The public have enough reasons to question whether such purely interest-oriented engineering projects in such dangerous places are results of basic planning laws being compromised, as several such bridges have reportedly showed worrisome signs indicating they cannot bear the heavy load of the crowds of tourists, which should ring alarms.

The rocks on the cliffs are sometimes not fit to serve as the foundation for such bridges. Let alone the toll the wind and weather will take on the structures.

Also the environmental influence is another factor that has obviously been ignored. Unlike the stone and wooden bridges that local people have built in mountains, where the construction materials are invariably natural and come from the mountains, the construction of such adventurous bridges means large amounts of modern construction materials are transported and imbedded in the mountains, many of which will be very difficult to remove once they are built there, rendering them permanent industrial waste in natural beauty spots.

Only the tourism authorities in Beijing and Anhui province have made their approval process for such projects more strict after realizing their potential risks and environmental implications. It is time that the other local tourism and construction administrative departments had second thoughts before approving such projects.

Zhangjiajie glass bridge.jpg

An unmanned bus, weighing 5.5 tons, test runs on a 430-meter-long and 6-meter-wide glass bridge hanging between two steep cliffs 300 meters above the ground in Zhangjiajie, a famous tourist destination in Central China's Hunan province, on April 24, 2019. The test run shows the first unmanned bus route in a scenic area across the country can soon be in operation. 

Source from chinadaily and chinanews

Reading
  • Zhangjiajie glass bridge guidance advice during peak season

    Zhangjiajie glass bridge guidance advice during peak season

    The first is located in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, It is the real Zhangjiajie glass bridge.It is building between Lishuya and Wuwangpo of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon.It is a landscape bridge, but also the scenic pedestrian traffic, tours, bungee jumping, Liusuo, T station, and other functions.Zhangjiajie glass bridge main span of 430 meters, 375 meters long bridge, 6 meters wide, height of about 300 meters. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon entrance fee is CNY118,Glass bridge fee is not included in Zhangjiajie grand canyon's total ticket
    HOT 2017-05-15 09:15 View:1968
  • Zhangjiajie to Yichang transportation recommendation

    Zhangjiajie to Yichang transportation recommendation

    Firstly,you can make a choice for train,Hard-sleep ticket cost is about CNY100/PP,there are three train each day as follow:K1262 ZJJ-Yichang(E) 05:58-11:10   5H12mK1474 ZJJ-Yichang(E) 09:05-14:18   5H13mK188 ZJJ-Yichang(E) 16:10-21:12   5H02mSecondly,you can make a choice for rentaling car service,it is about 290km-390km dirve,we recommend the following route:A route:Zhangjiajie-Changde-Yichang(It is about 390km,Whole highway)B route:Zhangjiajie-Cili-Shimen-Lixian-Jinshi-Yichang(It is about 290km,Part of the highway) We wholeheartedly offer car rentaling service and train ticket service,We will make your journey hassle-free.E-mail inquiry:shuire@gmail.com
    2016-05-08 09:53 View:1147
  • Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Tour Map

    Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Tour Map

    Zhangjiajie glass bridge is building between Lishuya and Wuwangpo of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon.It is a landscape bridge, but also the scenic pedestrian traffic, tours, bungee jumping, Liusuo, T station, and other functions.Zhangjiajie glass bridge main span of 430 meters, 375 meters long bridge, 6 meters wide, height of about 300 meters.
    2016-08-21 09:24 View:1227
  • Zhangjiajie Five Lei Mountain(Wuleishan)

    Zhangjiajie Five Lei Mountain(Wuleishan)

    Cili Five Lei mountain(Wuleishan) is Zhangjiajie eastern tourism scenic area,It is located in the eastern part of Zhangjiajie.Five Lei mountain(Wuleishan) is mysterious, magical and sacred. It has primitive simplicity and deep empty. It is a shining pearl in west hunan portal. The pleasant climate, elegant environment, lush plants and fresh attarct many people. the temperature is low, the highest temperature is 32 ℃, the average temperature is 11.6 ℃, so it is a holy land for travel.It is the key religious places in hunan province, zhangjiajie eastern tourist scenic spot. It is set worship, sightseeing and leisure together, an organic whole. Taoism culture is profound religious in this tourist area.Translated by Sophia
    2011-10-29 00:45 View:1172
  • Zhangjiajie Cili grand canyon

    Zhangjiajie Cili grand canyon

    Zhangjiajie grand canyon is new discovery outside Zhangjiajie National Park,Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon situated in Sanguansi, cili county Zhangjiajie city, 10 km east to Wulingyuan world natural heritage site, which is a new discovery of scenic site.  When driving close to the entrance a expanse of bamboo disappear, you find a deeply lower Valley with cutting-edge cliffs.a hill path cutting through narrow crevice leads vertically to the bottom of the valley, the area is about 60 square km.
    HOT 2010-12-10 17:50 View:19204