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Watch Your Step! China's Record-Breaking Glass Skywalk Closes Due to Volume of Visitors

Sep 11, 2016 05:50 AM EDT
Glass Skywalk Overlooking Road Of 99 Turns 0pens In Zhangjiajie
ZHANGJIAJIE, CHINA - AUGUST 01: Tourists walk on the 100-meter-long and 1.6-meter-wide glass skywalk clung the cliff of Tianmen Mountain (or Tianmenshan Mountain) in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park on August 1, 2016 in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province of China. The Coiling Dragon Cliff skywalk, featuring a total of 99 road turns, layers after another, is the third glass skywalk on the Tianmen Mountain (or Tianmenshan Mountain).
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Visitors who are wanting and hoping to cross over the longest jaw dropping record-breaking glass bridge in China might need to wait and be more patient. Only thirteen days since starting its operation, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon closed its record-breaking glass bridge due to overwhelmingly large number of visitors, which has already exceeded its daily capacity of 8,000 people.

The newly opened glass bridge hanging in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon closed on Sept. 5 after its official opening on Aug. 20 because of the increasing number of tourists wanting to see the infamous glass bridge, reports CNN.

"We're overwhelmed by the volume of visitors," a spokesperson from the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon's marketing and sales department told CNN, and explained that the bridge was their main attraction. However, the glass bridge only has an 8,000-person capacity per day, but due to unexpected public demand, the number of visitors rose around 10 times than the limit.

According to The Telegraph, the spokesperson stressed that "there was no problem" about the safety of the structure and there had been no accidents.

The company posted a statement on its official Chinese microblogging website, Weibo, that the closure is due to the "urgency to improve and update" the facility, according to 9 News. On Sept. 2, the Chinese government decided to suspend the operations of the glass bridge for improvement plans such as building new infrastructure, parking lots, ticket-booking system, customer service and other areas. The management has not release information on when operations on the glass bridge will resume.

Designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, the glass bridge is suspended 300 meters above the canyon, allowing visitors to look down into the chasm through 99 triple-layered glass panels. It measures six meters wide and stretches 430 meters between the two cliffs in the breathtaking Zhangjiajie Park.

With its unique structure, the bridge has set 10 world records spanning to its design and construction, making it the world's longest and highest glass bridge built ever, Xinhuanet News notes.

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