Well, that was fun while it lasted. The world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge, which spans the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in China's Hunan province, finally opened to visitors on August 20.
Not even two weeks later, officials announced that the bridge needed to be closed.
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The closure isn't due to an accident or problem with the bridge's structure, a spokesperson for the attraction told CNN. Instead, unexpectedly intense demand simply outstripped capacity. Although the bridge was built to handle an impressive 8,000 visitors daily, CNN reported that demand has been 10 times that.
"We're overwhelmed by the volume of visitors," the spokesperson told CNN's Serenitie Wang and Elaine Yu, after an official announcement about the closure appeared on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo. Designed by the architectural firm Haim Dotan, the bridge stretches a little over 1,400 feet from one cliffside to the other. Thick glass underfoot offers a clear view of the canyon about 984 feet below.
Once the bridge is closed to visitors on September 5, park officials said they plan to make improvements to parking lots, customer service, and the system for booking tickets. One commenter on Weibo responded positively to the closure, saying that previously there was trash littering the scenic area, and no bottled water for sale.
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A date for the bridge to be reopened hasn't been announced yet, but in the meantime you can venture out onto it vicariously through videos of the lucky first visitors.
Amid all the people smiling for photos on the newly-opened bridge -- some doing yoga and at least one guy braving push-ups -- there was a little boy near the tall railing who cried loudly. I get it, kid. That's one long drop.