It looks smashing! Terrifying glass-bottomed bridge in China with stomach-churning views ... of the ground

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 September, 2015, 1:02pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 September, 2015, 6:49pm

If you're brave enough to cross it, you won't want to look down. 

Workers at the Shiniuzhai National Geopark in Pingjiang county, in China's Hunan province have been hard at work replacing the floor of a wooden bridge - with glass.

The 300 metre-long suspended bridge, which apparently sways in the wind, spans a chasm at the national park, popular with tourists for its unique rock formations and geography.

Walkers see clear, stomach-churning views of the ground 180 metres below.

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Park management authorities added a small section of glass last year but decided to transform the entire length of the crossing. 

The floor is made of a double layer of glass and is 24mm thick in total.

It's not the first glass-bottomed structure in China. There are several others across the nation including a glass-bottomed cliff-side pathway in Zhangjiajie, China perched 1,900 metres above sea level. 

A group of around 11 workers risked their lives to build that bridge, apparently earning just 400 yuan a day, (HK$486) according to the Global Times in April.

"We started building the walkway standing on the few footholds we could find on the cliff," worker Zhang Xianguo told the paper.

One of his colleagues said the work isn't that dangerous, "as long as you watch out a bit".

Fittingly the bridge is called Haohan Bridge, which means "Brave Men's Bridge".