Record-breaking glass bridge in China closed

  • The world’s longest Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon glass bridge in China has closed because it was overwhelmed by a swarm of visitors
  • The bridge is undergoing an internal system upgrade
  • Visitors were banned from wearing high heels as they venture out on to the deck

At 430 meters long and six meters wide, the bridge has set 10 world records, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The world’s longest Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon glass bridge in China has closed just 13 days after it was opened to the public because it was overwhelmed by a swarm of visitors.

More than 10,000 visitors a day flooded over the Guinness record-setting attraction; overwhelming managers who had planned to limit visitors to no more than 8,000, local media reported.

The bridge is said to have boosted interest in the Zhangjiajie Park and is now the main attraction at the canyon.

The nature reserve is known for its otherworldly natural beauty. Famous for its precipitous cloud-wreathed mountains.

A spokesperson from the canyon’s marketing and sales department told the CNN they had been “overwhelmed by the volume of visitors.”

The department denied there was any damage to the bridge. Rather, the bridge is undergoing “an internal system upgrade”; the official Xinhua News Service quoted. They did not specify when it would reopen.

“I am in the train right now, I can’t change my travel plans or get a refund. You have the world lose hope. I see you are the world’s number one cheater.” said someone from social media.

The company apologized in an announcement on one of its social media accounts for inconveniencing the many travelers who had made reservations to visit.

News Corp reports that park officials will use the time to improve car parks, booking systems and customer service.

Following an alarming glass bridge cracking incident at the Yuntai mountain in northern Henan in 2015, authorities in Zhangjiajie were eager to demonstrate the safety of the structure.

Nonetheless, visitors were banned from wearing high heels as they venture out on to the deck.

They organized a string of media events, including one where people were encouraged to try and smash the Bridge’s glass panels with a sledgehammer, and another where they drove a car across it.

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