Can a Chinese Glass Bridge Hold All These Tourists?
Posted on 06/16/2017
If we had to pick where to have a traffic jam, we wouldn’t choose hundreds of feet in the air next to a bunch of glass-bridge aficionados.
Mashable reports on a stunning display of bridge enthusiasm that took place June 11 at one of the many glass bridges that pepper the globe. According to The People’s Daily, some 10,000 people visited the glass bridge installation featured at Tianlongchi park in Pingdingshan, which is located in Henan province, China.
It’s at that particular moment, one would presume, that an open area normally offering crisp air suddenly felt remarkably claustrophobic.
Looking at some of the images on social media makes the bridge look not like an awesome attraction but like the queue to get into one.
While looking down 96 meters below you thanks to a transparent walkway is grand, it’s not the reason thousands turned up. Nothing, and we mean nothing, beats a great deal.
You will find no better deal than 'free.'
That meant droves of tourists showed up to walk carefully on a long bridge that officials have assured is quite safe.
Mashable explains that it can support about 615 pounds per square foot, or as the publications puts it: “the equivalent of four standard dairy cows on a square meter of glass.” (So unless you and your closest bovines are there, you should be fine.)
China has a special affinity for physical structures that allow a vivid look of the ground below.
The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon welcomed the longest, highest glass bridge in 2015. That same year it opened the aptly titled Brave Men's Bridge in the Hunan Province—one that sits 590 feet in the air. Then there is that insane outcrop they have at Mount Langya in Hebei, which promises all the thrills of walking on air.
Typically, there is something about huge lines that puts one in a grumpy mood. However, these revelers look absolutely tickled to walk with thousands of others on this small bridge.
Free admission has a way of making us all happy.
PHOTO: Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, China. (photo via Wikimedia Commons)