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Would you cross this dramatic, sky-high 'invisible' bridge in China when it's built?

An incredible “invisible” bridge will be built in China that promises to give people crossing it a real thrill, although those who are scared of heights may want to steer clear. The dramatic glass-bottomed bridge is designed to blend in with the landscape of the Wulingyuan scenic area in Húnán province, which was designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1992.

A glass-bottomed bridge that will look "invisible" is being built in Hunan Province, China. Image: Martin Duplantier Architects
A glass-bottomed bridge that will look “invisible” is being built in Húnán province, China. Image: Martin Duplantier Architects

The bridge forms part of a walking route and is suspended high between two mountain-tops. It is part of an award-winning project designed by Martin Duplantier Architectes and Daqian Landscape Architects. The project also includes a series of pavilions and observatories and will cost over €4.7 million to build.

A glass-bottomed bridge that will look "invisible" is being built in Hunan Province, China. Image: Martin Duplantier Architects
A glass-bottomed bridge that will look “invisible” is being built in Húnán province, China. Image: Martin Duplantier Architects

The floor of the transparent footbridge will be made of reinforced glass. The designers plan to cover it with reflective stainless steel, creating the optical illusion that there is no bridge connecting the mountains.

A glass-bottomed bridge that will look "invisible" is being built in Hunan Province, China. Image: Martin Duplantier Architects
A glass-bottomed bridge that will look “invisible” is being built in Húnán province, China. Image: Martin Duplantier Architects

It will have a floor of black stone that becomes reflective when wet, and water will be sprayed on nearby stones every seven minutes to create a mist that will add to the dramatic atmosphere.

A glass-bottomed bridge that will look "invisible" is being built in Hunan Province, China. Image: Martin Duplantier Architects
A glass-bottomed bridge that will look “invisible” is being built in Húnán province, China. Image: Martin Duplantier Architects

The designers hope that the glass bridge will mirror the environment to give the illusion of blending into thin air. Three VIP suites, stacked on top of each other, will also be built on nearby rocky outcrops, and people can spend the night in them overlooking the picturesque landscape.

A glass-bottomed bridge that will look "invisible" is being built in Hunan Province, China. Image: Martin Duplantier Architects
A glass-bottomed bridge that will look “invisible” is being built in Húnán province, China. Image: Martin Duplantier Architects

The rooftop will offer a 360-degree panoramic view over the area, so it sounds like this might be the perfect place for adrenaline-loving travellers to visit.