Zhangjiajie, a scenic national park in the country’s Hunan province, is set to open the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge in July. Spanning two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, it will stretch 430 meters (1,410 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide, hovering over a 300-meter (984-foot) vertical drop.
The footbridge was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, who is also behind Expo 2010 Shanghai’s Israel Pavilion. Dotan says the bridge will serve as a runway for fashion shows and be able to hold up to 800 people at once.
The Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie Skywalk will also offer the world’s highest bungee jump, stealing the title from Macau Tower’s 233-meter (764-foot)-high attraction.
Zhangjiajie is a 56 square-kilometer designated tourist park inside the bigger Wulingyuan Scenic Area. It’s been open to the public since 2009 and is said to have been the inspiration behind the beautiful planet of Pandora in James Cameron’s 2009 “Avatar” film.
“The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge was designed to be invisible as possible–a white bridge disappearing into the clouds,” said Dotan.
The bridge will comprise two side steel beams, a structural glass deck, handrails and side suspension cables, with the capacity to hold up to 800 people at a time. The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon GlassBridgewill also contain a bungee jumping spot and be used as a runway for fashion shows.
Construction is expected to wrap up in July, with the bridge officially opening to the public in October 2015. This follows the country’s recent inauguration of the world’s longest glass skywalk in Longgang National Geological Park in Chongqing.