Glass walkway in China cracks
A newly opened glass walkway, suspended 3,500 feet above a canyon in central China, cracked Monday to the terror of thrill-seeking tourists.
The 1,300-foot-long glass-bottom walkway is built along Yuntai Mountain Scenic Park in Henan Province, China.
The walkway is currently closed for repairs after a panel of glass along the walkway fractured, China’sPeople Daily Online reported.
The incident was caused by a sharp object falling on the glass, according to a statement from Yuntai Mountain Tourism Administration. The bridge is made of three planes of tempered glass, and only the top pane was cracked, according to the association.
According to the outlet, a park official said the fractured glass “does not affect safety,” though tourists and many on social media disagreed. On Weibo, often called “Chinese Twitter,” many said park officials were downplaying the severity of the incident.
Glass-bottom structures have grown increasingly popular in China, though many tourists may be rethinking their journey across glass bridges after Monday’s incident.
Another glass-bottom bridge in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park opened last week. The Haohan Qiao bridge, which means “brave men’s bridge” in English, is a mere 590 feet off the ground. Another glass-bottom bridge is set to open in theZhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, CNN reported.