The world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge has been forced to close after an overwhelming number of tourists flocked to walk across the transparent structure standing some 980 feet high.
The walkway in southern China, which cost £48 million to build, opened on August 20 and halted its operations today, according to People’s Daily Online.
A spokesman from the attraction told MailOnline that the bridge is designed to support a maximum of 800 people at a time, and it has received around 10,000 tourists a day since its opening.
The spokesman insisted the glass floor of the bridge is safe.
The see-through bridge is located in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, a popular scenic spot in China known to have inspired the American blockbuster Avatar.
The same spokesman said government of the local Zili County had requested the bridge to close after it realised that the structure had attracted an overwhelming number of tourists. The management decided to follow the instruction.
He said the bridge has been closed for ‘maintenance’ and ‘upgrading’.
americanblood, Duluth, United States, about 9 hours ago
Article fails to mention if the number of people using the bridge has ever been exceeded or if they even keep track of how many people are on it at any given time? If this were anywhere else I would assume a certain safety factor is built into the bridge but this is China where life is cheap. Look at their lack of traffic laws, enforcement for instance.
MrPrytania, Chicago, United States, about 11 hours ago
Life is cheap in China. Beware.
Kocour, London, United Kingdom, about 12 hours ago
I do not have faith in Chinese quality control. Look at their escalator accident rate.
Jay Kayton, Cornwall, United Kingdom, about 13 hours ago
I would love to walk across something like that. What a beautiful location