A new 260-meter-high (853 feet) bungee-jump platform will be added to the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge in August 2018. Once open, it will be the world’s highest bungee jump.
The current record holder is the Macau Tower Bungy Jump, standing at 233 meters (764 feet) above ground.
“It’ll be different from the Macau Tower Bungy Jump because bungee-jumping off a bridge doesn’t require a guided cable so you’ll have the feeling of free-falling.”
A bungee-themed bar and restaurant at the end of the bridge will allow the fainthearted to participate by ordering bungee-themed drinks and watch daredevils leap off the bridge.
A pre-opening bungee-jump challenge
In late May, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge hosted a Bungee Jump Challenge to promote the attraction.
Bungee enthusiasts from around the world were invited to be the first to try it. Among the lucky jumpers were Ollie Headon of the UK, who has bungee-jumped more than 200 times at more than 20 different bungee sites around the world, and Stephanie Shields, the only female bungee coach in Asia.
The bungee jump is operated by the BungyChina team and Zhangjiajie Retallick Outdoor Sports Co.,Ltd. The latter company was founded by Beau Retallick, who also created BungyJapan, and is a bungee veteran holding multiple records.
Naturally, Retallick also joined the challenge and jumped off the bridge with a mini bicycle.
World’s longest swing coming soon, too
New Zealanders Henry van Asch and A. J. Hackett are credited with the development of commercial bungee jumping.
Chen said that the scenic park is getting a few other major upgrades in the coming years. A new slide and the world’s longest swing are some of the attractions planned.
The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, which opened in 2016, stretches 430 meters over a 300-meter-deep valley between two cliffs in the beautiful Zhangjiajie Park, said to have inspired the scenery for the sci-fi movie “Avatar.”
Designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, the glass-bottomed bridge has received 5.9 million visitors since it was open in 2016.