China’s Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Closes After Two Weeks

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The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened to great fanfare on 22 August. But just 13 days later the structure, which spans a spectacular canyon between two mountain cliffs in central Hunan province, has been forced to close.

Officials told CNN that the popularity of the tourist attraction meant urgent maintenance in the area was needed.

“We’re overwhelmed by the volume of visitors,” a spokesperson from the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon’s marketing and sales department said.

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He said the bridge could hold 8,000 people per day but demand exceeded that ten times.

Officials said on Chinese microblogging site Weibo that while there hadn’t been any damage to the bridge, that it was being closed due to the “urgency to improve and update” the facility.

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