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Glass bridge reopens to public, capacity of 10,000 a day

(Xinhua)    11:14, October 01, 2016

The world's longest and highest glass bridge, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge. [Photo: thepaper.cn]

The world's longest and highest glass bridge, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge reopened to the public on Friday with a capacity of holding 10,000 people a day.

The glass bridge started a trial operation in late August this year, but was closed 12 days later due to overwhelming demand.

Local Cili county magistrate Gao Jingsheng said the glass bridge was not closed for safety reasons as rumours had suggested, it had passed security inspection and its construction was up to standard.

"We want to be responsible to the tourists, the local government and the scenic resorts. We thought we should perfect its surrounding facilities and environment, and tackle the problems we discovered in the trial period," he said.

Photo taken on July 29, 2016 shows the glass bridge at the Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, central China's Hunan Province. Final acceptance check of the 430-meter-long, 6-meter-wide glass bridge is expected to be completed this week. [Photo: Xinhua/Long Hongtao]

Zjjnews.com reported that there had been some deficiencies of the soft and hard facilities during the trial period and that was why the officials decided to close the operation and upgrade the facilities.

The upgraded services are more convenient and intelligent.

Visitors can book their tickets on the scenic resort's official website.

To avoid traffic congestion, visitors who drive private cars to the bridge must park in a certain area and transfer to the visitor center by a free sightseeing bus.

Designed by architect Haim Dotan, the 430-metre-long bridge is believed to be the world's longest and tallest glass pedestrian bridge.

It offers a way to enjoy the panoramic view of the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon.

During its trial operation the bridge held no more than 800 people at a time. Each day, 8,000 visitors had the opportunity to walk on the bridge. Entrance tickets can only be obtained by reservation.

Visitors have reportedly lined up for hours to cross the bridge.

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