China’s New Record-Breaking Glass Bridge Closes After 13 Days
Seems the popularity of the Glass Bridge over Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in China is more than it can handle.
The Glass Bridge has been closed until further notice. There will be updates to some of the facilities to handle the overwhelming crowds. Officials said “there was no problem” regarding the stability of the bridge.
The bridge was designed to handle 8,000 visitors today. 80,000 a day were showing up. The Glass Bridge is over 1,100 feet long and hangs over a 980 foot drop. It was opened on August 20 as the world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge.
Visitors are encouraged to try to break the glass with sledgehammers. They are protected by a safety line just in case.
The canyon is also known for helping inspire the landscapes in the film Avatar.
There is no word on when the attraction will reopen.
This was the second glass bridge in China to have to close shortly after opening. A 853-foot glass bridge at Yuntaishan cracked cracked two weeks after opening. While it scared some visitors, officials found no danger of the structure failing.
China has found a cash cow in the glass bridge industry and they are popping up all over.
The closure has many unhappy. “I have booked everything and now you are saying you are closed … Are you kidding me?” wrote one Weibo user in response to the official statement.
In July, designers drove a Volvo XC-90 SUV across it.
The glass bridge will not only serve as a walkway. Visitors can go bungee jumping and zip-lining off of it as well.
- Length: 430 meters (1410 feet)
- Width: 6 meters (20 feet)
- Height: 300 meters (984 feet)
- Highlights: bungee jump and beautiful natural views of towering sandstone pillars
- The ticket for Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Scenic Area is 118 yuan; the price for Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is 138 yuan.
Would you walk it?