China’s Record-Breaking Glass Bridge Closes 2 Weeks After Opening
China’s newest glass bridge closed just 13 days after opening, due to an overwhelming number of visitors.
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, in China’s Yunan Province, opened its record-breaking bridge on August 20. Since, the park has inundated with visitors coming to walk across the 1,115-foot glass bridge.
The bridge’s management announced via Weibo, the Chinese social networking site, on Thursday that the bridge would close September 2 because of an “urgency to improve and update” the facilities. No accidents, problems or cracks in the bridge have been reported.
The closure came without much warning, although park officials had suggested moving the closure to September 5 to allow guests time to rework plans. Visitors who were planning on crossing the bridge over the weekend are not happy.
“I have booked everything and now you are saying you are closed... Are you kidding me?” one Weibo user wrote in response to the attraction’s statement.
During closures, the park will revamp its infrastructure, parking lots, ticket-booking system and customer service. At this point, it is unclear for how long the park will remain closed.
Zhangjiajie’s glass bridge is over 1,100 feet long and hangs over a 980 foot drop. When it opened two weeks ago, it smashed the previous record for longest bridge.
Last year, another glass bridge in China cracked two weeks after opening. The 853-foot glass bridge at Yuntaishan Scenic Park cracked while visitors were on it. It immediately closed for inspection, but later reopened. Officials said the damage was just superficial and never caused any harm.