THE highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world, which was widely-trumpeted on its opening 13 days ago, has already been forced to close.
The impressive structure hangs 300 metres above a huge canyon in China’s Hunan province, but a spokesman told the US CNN network that the attraction has been “overwhelmed by the number of visitors.”
Although there have been no accidents and the bridge is not broken as such, the Chinese government are planning “urgent maintenance work,” with a re-opening date yet to be announced.
The 430 metre-long bridge cost €3.1 million to construct and is designed to hold 8,000 visitors per day, but demand has apparently exceeded that figure by ten times.
Officials announced the closure on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, saying that the area was in urgent need of an “internal system upgrade.”
The announcement sparked outrage on social media, as tourists grumbled that they had already arranged travel to the region in order to visit the bridge.
“You… have cheated consumers,” wrote one furious keyboard warrior.
“I’m on the train right now. I can’t change my travel plans or get a refund. You have made the world lose hope. I see you are the world’s number one cheat.”
The stunning Zhangjiajie Mountains, where the attraction is located, are said to have inspired the Hollywood smash movie ‘Avatar’.
Designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, the 6 metre-wide walkway is composed of 99 clear glass panels.