China's Great Glass Bridge Closed Already Due To Overwhelming Demand


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The great glass bridge that opened just 13 before in China closed this past Friday.  The bridge is said to be able to handle 8,000 guests per day, but publicity sparked a fire in nature lovers who came out in droves to see the beautiful sights and overwhelmed the location.  

Visitors hoping to walk on the world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge will have to hold their breath.

The record-breaking structure hanging over China's Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon has closed Friday, just 13 days after it opened to the public on August 20.
"We're overwhelmed by the volume of visitors," a spokesperson from the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon's marketing and sales department said, explaining that the bridge was the main draw of the canyon.
He added that the capacity of the glass bridge was limited to 8,000 visitors per day, but total demand was ten times as much.
The famous bridge also brought renewed interest to other scenic spots in the area.
When asked if the bridge was cracked or broken, the spokesperson said "there was no problem." He also confirmed there have been no accidents.
The six-meter-wide bridge stretches 430 meters over a 300-meter-deep valley between two cliffs in the stunning Zhangjiajie Park, said to have inspired the scenery for the sci-fi movie "Avatar."

On August 14, 2016, the longest, tallest, glass bottom bridge in the world officially opened in China. 

Located in Zhangjiajie, China, James Cameron's inspiration for the hit Avatar, the bridge is over 1000 feet in the air and spans over 1,400 feet across.  The view from the bridge are absolutely gorgeous. 

The bridge is 20 feet wide and can hold up to 800 people at one time, and visitors are waiting for their turn on the bridge.  Its transparent walkway is not only the largest of its kind ever built, but one of the most beautiful, with visibility over the top and sides, as well as through the bottom. 

There are plans in the works for a bungee jumping platform from the bridge... holy cow!

Check it out for yourself!  Could you handle it?

Source: CCTV+

As a safety test, people were invited to take a sledge hammer to a panel to see if it would crack.  The top layer shattered, but after many people had their turn, no one was after to break through.  They even drove a car over to ensure it's weight capacity.

The attraction's management made the closing announcement Thursday on its official Weibo account, a Chinese microblogging site.
It didn't say when it might reopen and apologized for the inconvenience caused.
The Weibo statement says that due to the "urgency to improve and update" the facility, the government decided to suspend operations on September 2.
The park officials had suggested September 5 as a closing date, to accommodate travel agencies who "have already included the Grand Canyon and the glass bridge into their itineraries."

Visitors aren't happy

"I have booked everything and now you are saying you are closed... Are you kidding me?" wrote Weibo user XiaoMOMOYa in response to the official statement.
"The Scenic Area is deficient. There's trash everywhere and no bottled water for sale. It's right to reopen only after they've cleaned up the place," wrote another user, Fashiwanying.
During the suspension, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon plans to improve not only its infrastructure, including parking lots, but also its ticket-booking system, customer service and other areas.

Source: Listen to meCNN

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