World’s tallest bridge closes two weeks after inauguration
The world’s longest and tallest bridge that had been recently completed in China has closed after just 13 days of being open, due to the overwhelming amount of visitors.
Designed by Tel Aviv-based architect Haim Dotan, the The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge welcomed thousands of visitors on its opening day on 20 August 2016. However, only less than two weeks later the popularity of the bridge caused it to close.
“We’re overwhelmed by the volume of visitors,” said a spokesperson from the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon’s marketing department told CNN.
The bridge had been designed to hold up to 800 people at a time and receive up to 8,000 visitors a day.
The spokesperson said that 80,000 visitors had attempted to visit the bridge each day. It is now closed for improvement works with no reports of when the attraction will reopen.
The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge rests on the edge of two cliffs and is suspended 300 metres above the ground by stay cables.
The walkway is made up of glass panels that have been set into its steel frame, providing visitors with views of the canyon below in China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
Undulating handrails that are lined at the edges of the glazed walkway narrows towards the centre of the canyon to create an exaggerated perspective.