VIDEO: China Glass Bridge Closes for Maintenance

Sat Sep 3, 2016 18:54:08

The world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge was closed in China on Friday following a huge influx of visitors since its official opening, according to Xinhua news agency.

The bridge’s management committee said the closure was due to software and hardware problems caused by the massive number of visitors, Xinhua reported.

At 430 meters (1,400 feet) long, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon's six meter wide suspension bridge hangs 300 meters (985 feet) above the canyon floor, connecting two cliffs.

The bridge in Hunan Province, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, was officially opened on 20 August.

It breaks ten different world records, including the highest bungee jump platform in the world.

The manufacturers put their new creation to the test in June by driving a two-ton car across its glass floor.

They then encouraged around 30 people to attack a glass panel with a sledgehammer to demonstrate how strong it is.

In recent years, China has witnessed a kind of competition to build breath-taking glass-bottomed bridges across thousand feet drops.

Another mind-blowing installation opened in Pingjiang County at Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in September 2015.

But concerns over safety were raised earlier this year following the discovery of a huge crack in a glass skywalk at Henan Province's Yuntai Mountain Geological Park.

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