Watch BBC Journalist Dan Simmons Take a Sledgehammer to Zhangjiajie Bridge in China, the Longest and Highest Glass Bridge in the World
...and the reaction of the glass isn't all that convincing
We love a bridge here at Mpora. We really do. For us, bridges are right up there with the great outdoors, the mountains, the ocean, well-made coffee, food served on plates instead of on chopping boards and bars where the tables and chairs are an appropriate and practical height.
Our favourite bridges are normally the ones that have been strung together quite high up in the world, and can either be jumped off, or present quite the photo or story opportunity.
Like the suspension bridges we biked over in New Zealand, the awesome Scandinavian bridge which is downright confusing, or the terrifying glass bridge in China – which topped our list of the world’s scariest bridges, or which would have, had it been a bridge at the time.
Man we love bridges.
For that exact reason though, we’ve never particularly had the desire to try and destroy a bridge. Like, if we were given the chance to hit a big red button on one that was scheduled for demolition anyway, we’d definitely take it – shoutout to anyone looking for help out there – but we wouldn’t go out of our way to take a sledgehammer to a bridge.
Unlike this BBC reporter Dan Simmons, who while walking along the Zhangjiajie bridge, the longest and highest glass bridge in the world, literally took a sledgehammer to one of the glass panels, presumably to test out how hard the stuff is and prove that it’s safe.
On second thoughts, that does sound like a whole lot of fun. Dan manages to shatter the glass pretty convincingly – but not to break it.
The bridge is 430m or 1410ft long and 300m or 984ft high. Which is quite high and quite long. Definitely high enough to kill you if you fell off it without a parachute, or fell through it after trying to mash it in with a sledgehammer.