Vietnam opens the longest glass bridge in the world

Adrenaline rush for those with a head for heights: The probably longest glass bridge in the world has been inaugurated in the highlands of Vietnam – it stretches over 632 meters

The inauguration of the bridge is said to be one of the main tourist highlights of the province. In the second half of the 2010s in particular, tourism in Vietnam rose sharply. In 2019, the previous record was over 18 million tourists. Due to the corona pandemic, the numbers have fallen dramatically.

The bridge is located in the northwestern district of Mộc Châu

The newly opened bridge is 632 meters long and is already considered a new attraction in the Mộc Châu district, which is about 200 kilometers from Hanoi and is popular with tourists from all over the world

The Bach Long Bridge runs between two mountains

The bridge runs a proud 150 meters above a deep valley between two mountains. Well over 100 onlookers came to the opening in the best weather, some from provinces 500 kilometers away, said a spokeswoman for the German Press Agency

The new bridge is set to replace the previous record holder in China

“We have already submitted a dossier for the bridge to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Mai Tri Tue, deputy director of the local tourism authority in Moc Châu district. So far, a 526-meter-long glass bridge in the Chinese province of Guangdong , which opened in 2020, is listed as the world record holder

More than 500 people can be able to stay on the glass bridge at the same time

The Bach Long Bridge consists of three layers of toughened glass made by French glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain. Even if a pane were to break, the bridge would still withstand a weight of five tons, according to the client. Once installed, one of the ways the company tested it was by running heavy trucks and cars over it. At least 500 people could safely be on the bridge at the same time, it said

The bridge is intended to promote tourism in the region

The authorities hope the new attraction will attract even more tourists to the popular province 200 kilometers west of the capital Hanoi. The picturesque highland region is known for its tea plantations, waterfalls and a bat cave