From: #flymeto | Oct 19, 2018
Take a step into space. And more. Adrenaline sharpens your senses. Feel it. Myself. Height. Depth. Almost imperceptible vibrations of the longest and tallest glass bridge in the world. The “Heroes Bridge” or “The Brave Man Bridge” spans the peaks of Stone Buddha Mountains in China. The Israeli architect Haim Dotan designed it to act subtly in the air as a thread of Indian summer, not disturbing harmony and not obscuring the sky from below. He therefore had the “White Bridge Fading Clouds” built of glass in 2016. For his masterpiece he chose a really impressive scene. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan Province, China.
In the giddy empire of Avatar
It is a vast fantasy landscape, in which one tall sandstone tower rises next to the other up to a height of 400 meters. The Chinese call these towers the Heavenly Columns. Their peaks and cornices are green with exotic trees and plants. The mist vapors rising from the subtropical forests create the illusion that the rock formations defied gravity, broke off and just floated through the air. Does it remind you of anything? Oh, no. This is precisely the nature of Pandora’s moon, where the storyline of the Avatar takes place.
If you get the desire to fly, it goes. Daredevils jump from bungee jumping bridge or fly between jagged formations along zip-linig. So it doesn’t matter that Ikran’s flying dragons are missing - in addition, there are plenty of other no less wonderful creatures out there. For example, there live Chinese great salamanders and scaly legumes, who know how to roll the body into such a tight ball that even the strongest man cannot straighten it. In addition to James Cameron, the local bizarre formations, clear streams and karst caves have also inspired Chinese poets and artists for centuries.
The view and the self-paid are paid “bridge”
The bridge is 430 meters long, 6 wide and 360 meters high. If you do not suffer from dizziness, you should worry about long queues and lots of people. You do not have to worry about your safety - three layers of super-solid glass separate you from a respectable depth. Make sure you are unbreakable on youtube videos , where giant hammers are hitting the individual boards of the bridge and heavy cars are driving them. Stress tests have revealed that up to 600 people can walk and take pictures of the bridge at a time, with a maximum of 8000 visitors a day.
Capacity is regulated through tickets and opening hours. The attraction is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm, but only in nice weather. The ideal time to visit falls in September and October or April and May. For entering the observation area you will give something about 120 yuan (about 400 CZK), the actual visit to the bridge costs 160 yuan (about 530 CZK). Make a reservation at least 10 days in advance and preferably through a travel agency, as it has priority in ordering. You will not get a ticket on the spot. Also, be sure to leave your backpacks and bags nicely on the ground, letting you on the bridge only with your phone, camera and wallet.
Miracles that breathe over
If you set out on the bridge, set aside a few days to explore Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and make a plan of everything you want to see. Among the local highlites is undoubtedly the longest lift Sta giants, which exceeds the elevation of 335 m in 2 minutes. Although the reservation is one of the most visited tourist destinations, it is easy to avoid queues. If you choose alternative trails, you can enjoy fairytale scenery completely undisturbed.
Asians do not suffer much from hiking - they prefer walking in the crowd and a few quick selfies on the busiest prospects. With the glass ones, a sack has ripped through here in recent years. If you are also enchanted, head for the 85 km distant Tianmen Mountains, where long transparent walkways high up, directly around the rock walls, and are worn by tourists in special caps. In addition to the longest cable car, there are also buses. For example, one will take you to 99 “Stairways to Heaven” with 99 switchbacks.