World’s highest glass bridge to reopen after overhaul

By: | Published: September 28, 2016 1:55 PM

The world's longest and highest glass bridge will reopen in China on Friday, over a month after it was closed temporarily for safety modifications following a huge influx of tourists.

glass5-l-reuThe bridge over the spectacular Grand Canyon Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie, a UNESCO world heritage site, was temporarily closed at the beginning of September, following a huge influx of tourists after its initial opening on August 20. (Source: Reuters)

The world’s longest and highest glass bridge will reopen in China on Friday, over a month after it was closed temporarily for safety modifications following a huge influx of tourists.

The bridge over the spectacular Grand Canyon Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie, a UNESCO world heritage site, was temporarily closed at the beginning of September, following a huge influx of tourists after its initial opening on August 20.

The bridge management committee said, after the reopening on Friday, tourists will be able to visit the bridge by swiping their ID cards on machines at the entrance, after booking tickets via the official website.

The bridge was closed for safety modifications due to the need for an internal system upgrade, as more than 10,000 people were visiting the site every day, exceeding the planned daily limit of 8,000.

During the revamp, the management committee installed an intelligent monitoring system to help control the population flow at the entrance and exit, and also prepared a free shuttle bus service to take visitors to the area.

The 430-meter long, 6-meter wide bridge is paved with 99 panes of three-layer transparent glass and hangs between two steep cliffs 300 meters above the ground.

The bridge set 10 world records for its design and construction, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. A ticket for the bridge costs 138 yuan (USD 21). No personal belongings are allowed on the bridge except wallets and mobile phones.

Visitors are not allowed to wear high heels and must cross the bridge without the aid of the railings.

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