An architectural marvel that has left the world amused comprises a bending glass bridge in China’s Zhejiang province. Officially named Ruyi Glass bridge, the structure was dubbed as “too good to be true” when photos of it first emerged online. Stretching across the Shenxianju valley, the bridge enjoys equal popularity amongst the locals and the tourists.
The 100-meter long bridge was unveiled in 2017 and was opened for tourists last year. The enticing structure is made up of three undulating bridges spanning across the Shenxianju valley, with a glass deck forming part of the walkway. As per a report by Mirror, the structure has been inspired by Jade Ruyi, an object used as a symbol of good luck in China.
The eye-like design is inspired by a jade ruyi, a curved object used as a symbol of good luck in China.
It is made of three undulating bridges spanning across the Shenxianju valley, with a glass deck forming part of the walkway.
The "Ruyi Bridge" in the Shenxianju Scenic Area in E China's Zhejiang is shaped like a jade Ruyi in the sky, attracting many tourists to take pictures. pic.twitter.com/lyEsHEtKyW
— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) March 8, 2021
Linking two cliffs of the #ShenxianjuScenicSpot in Taizhou, #Zhejiang, the 100-meter long Ruyi Bridge resembles a huge eye 👁️ of the sky from a distance and perfectly blends into the picturesque surroundings. No wonder it has recently become a huge hit! 😍😍 #CyberCelebratedSpot pic.twitter.com/FeviqqbGEI
— Discover Beautiful China (@SceneryofChina) March 26, 2021
The bridge’s creator previously said they wanted to give visitors a “sense of experience” when they crossed.
Steel expert He Yunchang was also involved in designing the Bird’s Nest, the 2008 Olympics’ iconic stadium.
As well as the Ruyi, China boasts two of the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge.
One structure is located in Hunan province and measures 426m in length (1,400ft) and 304m (1,000ft) in height.