Just 13 days after opening, China's record-breaking glass bridge was closed on Friday Sept. 2nd due to what was described by the bridge's marketing department as 'overwhelming demand'. China's Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon bridge was designed to hold up to 8000 visitors but 10 times that many had been swarming the area hoping to get their chance for the ultimate thrill; walking across the 430-meter glass bridge suspended between two cliffs while looking down through the glass floor into the 300-meter-deep valley. So many wanted to take in the view that had inspired the movie 'Avatar' that the local infrastructure was strained to the breaking point. In a move unpopular with the general public, bridge officials were forced to close down the bridge so that the necessary expansions in services connected with the bridge, and also throughout the region, could be made.
The bridge spokesperson confirmed that there was no problem with bridge safety and that no safety incidents or accidents had occurred. The bridge is to be closed until further notice.
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