Longest glass bridge closes After Just Two Weeks

Just two weeks after opening to the public, the world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridged has closed to visitors.

The bridge in China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon opened to the public on August 20 but closed yesterday after receiving an overwhelming number of visitors.

Only 8,000 people are allowed to cross the stomach-churning attraction each day, but CNN reported that a spokesperson from the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon’s marketing and sales department said demand was ten times as much.

There have reportedly been no accidents and no problems with the bridge itself, but it is thought the closure is due to efforts to update the attraction facilities including ticket-booking, customer service and car parks.

The record-breaking bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, is six metres (19ft8in) wide with 99 panels of clear glass, and has a 984ft sheer drop underneath it.

It stretches 430 metres over the canyon in the Zhangjiajie Park, which is thought to have inspired scenery in the blockbuster film Avatar.

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