Hammering out the truth

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Everyone places their trust in the BBC, it would seem, even the Chinese. Thus with the Hunan government about to open the world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge, it sought the BBC’s help to prove the structure’s safety. The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Skywalk is a tourist attraction that allows visitors to cross a scenic spot that was the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar, via a 375-metre glass-bottomed bridge suspended 300 metres above the ground. Keen to allay any worries that the special glass may not be strong enough to support the expected crowds, the authorities invited BBC presenter Dan Simmons to smash one of its panels with a sledgehammer. After about 10 mighty blows, Simmons had still not succeeded in destroying the glass. “Do you know what? I think this might be safe,” he concluded. Having got the Beeb’s certification – the footage was aired on its Click programme – the glass bridge has got off to a good PR start. For the more adventurous, a bungee jump is also available.

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