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China to build ‘invisible’ sky-high glass bridge

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By People’s Daily

Thrill seekers rejoice – China is building yet another terrifying glass-bottomed bridge in its ‘Avatar’ mountains.

It was only in August that the Chinese unveiled the world’s longest and highest glass bridge in the mountain range that inspired the film Avatar, in the Hunan province, but now architects have gone one further.

The bridge will be built using mirrored stainless steel with a floor of black stone that becomes reflective when wet. | People's Daily | Manila Bulletin

The bridge will be built using mirrored stainless steel with a floor of black stone that becomes reflective when wet. | People’s Daily | Manila Bulletin

They’ve designed an ‘invisible’ bridge that’s spectacular and scary in equal measure.

The incredible structure is designed to blend in with the landscape of the mountains of Zhangjiajie.

The transparent footbridge, suspended high between two mountain-tops, will cost over £4million to build and has been created by Martin Duplantier Architectes (MDA) and Daqian Landscape Architects, who won a design competition.

It will be built using mirrored stainless steel and the floor will be made of black stone that becomes reflective when wet, according to Designboom.com.

The idea is that the structure mirrors the environment and gives the optical illusion of blending into thin air -definitely making it unsuitable for those scared of heights.

The bridge will be made up of two layers, however, so there are some options for nervous visitors.

The upper level that connects the two rock faces is in the shape of an elliptical disk and doesn’t have a see-through floor.

A winding black stone path leads intrepid explorers from one peak to the other.

Surrounding the path is a layer of water two centimetres thick, which is sprayed onto it every seven minutes by nozzles creating a temporary cloud and mist between the mountains.

The lower level is where things start to get seriously scary however.

The floor is 100 per cent glass, allowing brave visitors to gaze at the void below.

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