The hype surrounding the world’s tallest and longest glass bridge was was intense when it opened on August 20. Located in China, the record-breaking Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is 984 feet high and 1,410 feet long. But only 13 days after opening, the bridge has closed due to “the volume of visitors” – and there’s no word on when it might open again.
A spokesperson told CNN, “We’re overwhelmed by the volume of visitors.” Around 800 people can be on the bridge at once, and 8,000 can visit a day, but according to the spokesperson, 80,000 people had tried to visit the glass bridge every day. The spokesperson said there were no “accidents,” and that “there was no problem” when asked about the glass breaking or cracking. According to a statement on the management’s Weibo account, the government decided to close the bridge because of the “urgency to improve and update.”
Designed by Haim Dotan, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is part of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. The bridge is comprised of a steel frame with glass panels that offer dizzying views of the ground below.
When it opened, Dotan referred to the bridge as the “Bridge of Courageous Hearts.” He said, “The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge was designed to be as invisible as possible – a white bridge disappearing into the clouds. As the designer of this bridge located in an incredible and magical national park, I believe in nature, harmony, balance, and beauty. Nature is beautiful as is. One wants to make the least impact upon it.”
There were plans for the bridge to include three swings and a bungee jump. In addition to being a destination for tourists and thrill-seekers, there was talk of the bridge serving as a runway for fashion shows.