WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Bach Long pedestrian bridge in Vietnam is now open to tourists.
- The bridge is 2,073ft long and 492ft above the ground.
- Vietnam is now open to international travelers.
A massive glass bridge claiming to be the world’s longest has opened, but it’s not for the faint-hearted.
The Bach Long pedestrian bridge in Vietnam, whose name translates to “white dragon,” is 2,073ft long and rises 492ft above a thick jungle.
The bridge’s floor is made of tempered glass developed in France, making it sturdy enough to accommodate up to 450 people at once.
The glass floor also allows visitors to have wonderful views of the surroundings while braving the terrifying walk.
According to Hoang Manh Duy, a representative of the bridge’s operator, travelers will be able to admire nature’s beauty as they stand on the bridge.
Bach Long is the third glass bridge in Vietnam, and Bui Van Thach, a local, hopes it will attract more visitors to the area. Guinness World Records officials will prove this claim next month.
According to the company, it is the world’s longest glass-bottomed bridge, topping the 1,726-feet bridge in Guangdong, China.
Vietnamese tourism officials are aiming to attract visitors back following two years of shutdowns due to the pandemic that kept nearly all international visitors out. The country lifted the quarantine protocols for overseas visitors and reinstated the 15-day visa-free travel period for UK tourists.
And this isn’t even the scariest bridge in the world.
Last year, a 328ft ‘bending’ bridge opened in China, which many thought was too ridiculous to exist. A 1,692ft see-through-bottomed bridge also opened in Portugal last year. The bridge is the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, suspended 575 feet above the ground with a steep plunge into the river and cliffs below.
In 2018, China opened the longest sea-crossing ever built, a £15 billion (roughly $18.5 billion) bridge running 34 miles from Hong Kong to Macau.
Source: New York Post