The Glass Bridge in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Tours – China, Hunan Province, Zhangjiajie
The Glass Bridge in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon
About this place
In Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, the plunging waterfalls, the dense trees, the fresh air, and the mist on the stream make you feel like you are in an otherworldly sort of place. A spring meanders in the canyon, along which are trails built with planks. On the way, you can see the longest and highest glass bridge in the world as well as the karst landform in the north temperate zone. You have to walk for over two hours to visit the canyon, so remember to wear sports shoes and bring some food. You are recommended to start at the top of the canyon and move downhill, the following attractions coming into view successively.
A Strip of Sky & Sky Ladder Plank Road
‘A Strip of Sky’ is a narrow valley through which only one person can pass at a time. The valley is over 765 yards (700 meters) long with a drop of 985 feet (300 meters) from the beginning to the end. After passing through the valley, you will see Sky Ladder Plank Road. This road is very steep and the planks are narrow, making it look like a sky ladder. Walking along it for three minutes, you come to the best place to see the entire ‘A Strip of Sky’.
Southern Red Flag Canal
The canal is 3 feet (1 meter) deep and 3 feet wide, but over 6 miles (10 kilometers) long. It directs the spring from the lofty cliffs. The excavation took local people seven years, and many of them sacrificed their life for it. Thanks to the canal, residents of eight nearby villages have water to drink and irrigate the rice fields.
Tip: There is a skidway made of granite slates among the A Strip of Sky, the Sky Ladder Plank Road, and the Southern Red Flag Canal. It takes you only 3-5 minutes, 20 minutes shorter than walking.
Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, built with 99 sheets of glass, is 470 yards (430 meters) long, 6.6 yards (6 meters) wide and 985 feet (300 meters) high, the longest and highest glass bridge in the world. Unlike the Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain Glass Bridge, which is inserted on the mountain side with a height of 4,690 feet (1,430 meters), Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge hangs over a valley. It provides a superb panorama of the entire grand canyon. Standing on it is like floating in the air. Come and have a try if you are brave enough. There is also a rope line nearby, which surely excites your nerves.
Please note that visitors need to book a ticket for the Glass Bridge on its official website at least one day before the visit. Only those who qualify for ticket discounts can buy the ticket on spot. Valid ID certificate like passport is required for purchasing the ticket.
Some Tips for Walking along the Glass Bridge:
1. The bridge may be closed if the weather is bad.
2. High heels are not allowed on the bridge. One can only bring a cell phone with cover and purse while walking on the bridge.
3. Do not run on the bridge or stand against the rail.
4. Those who have heart disease, high blood pressure and acrophobia are not recommended to set feet on the bridge.
Barrel Cliff & Flying Fox Rushing Downhill
The cylindrical cliff is neither chiseled by human nor eroded by waterfalls, and only grasses grow on it with no trees. Geologists and botanists cannot explain why. Keep moving 10 yards (10 meters), you can see the Flying Fox Rushing Downhill. On the cliff, a big rock gets in the running waterfall’s way and the water forms a rock cover, which looks like a fox rushing downhill.
Pearl Wall & Waterfall of Butterfly Spring
The spring flows slowly downward along the cliff on which lots of plants grow. Then it forms many pearlescent crystal droplets on those plants. Thus the cliff is called Pearl Wall. After two minutes’ walk, the Waterfall of Butterfly Spring comes into view. It flows past trees and lawns, and butterflies dance there every day, giving it its name.
There are thousands of swallow nests on Swallow Cliff. These rock swallows are smaller than ordinary ones and do not nest in houses. Their nests can be cooked and eaten.
At the end of the canyon, there is a reservoir where you need to take a boat. Ducks play on the reservoir, you may also see egrets flying past.
1. You can take the shuttle bus from Wulingyuan Bus Station to Cili and get off at Grand Canyon, taking about 20 minutes and costing CNY 12.
2. You can take the long-distance bus from Guanghe Mall in Zhangjiajie to Jiangya Hot Spring and get off at the canyon. The bus departs every 60 minutes with a duration of 1 hour and a ticket price of CNY 20.
3. You can also take the direct bus from Zhangjiajie Center Bus Station to the canyon with a duration of 1.5 hours