Testing time on glass bridge

The world's highest and longest glass bridge is set to open in China soon but would you walk on it?

The 430m bridge is suspended 300m over a canyon in Zhangjiajie National Park, Hunan province, China, and cost 250 million yuan (S$51.7 million) to construct.

On Saturday, Chinese officials conducted a safety test ceremony (left) and finished putting the final touches to the bridge ahead of next month's opening.

The skyway, which offers a captivating view of the scenic Tianmenshan National Forest Park in Hunan province, can hold up to 800 visitors at a time.

Designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, the glass-bottom bridge will also feature the world's highest bungee jump and serve as a runway for fashion shows.

But experience suggests that tourists are likely to tread carefully.

In October last year, cracks appeared in a mountainside glass walkway in Yuntaishan Scenic Park, in China's central Henan province, just two weeks after opening.

The incident sent visitors running and screaming in panic.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2016, with the headline 'Testing time on glass bridge'. Print Edition | Subscribe