High winds shatter glass panels on Chinese bridge, stranded visitor

If you enjoy walking on glass-bottomed pedestrian bridges that stretch over rocky canyons, you might want to stop reading here.

Last week, a man stranded on a glass-bottom pedestrian bridge 330 feet above a canyon in the Piyan Mountain Cultural Tourism Scenic Area, outside of Longjing City, in China, after strong winds damaged the bridge. Fortunately, the man was rescued and taken to a hospital, Chinese state-controlled media Xinhua reports.

A heartbreaking experience

The incident began at 12:45 p.m. last Friday, when record-breaking high winds of 93 miles per hour blew out several panes of glass, trapping the tourist above the ravine, according to one. declaration posted on the local authorities’ Weibo account.

Although it took more than 30 minutes, the man was eventually rescued by firefighters, police, forestry and tourism personnel, Xinhua reports.

“The personnel from the scenic area rushed to the scene as soon as possible, brought emergency supplies and successfully transferred the trapped person to a safe area,” the statement read on Weibo. “There were no casualties. After being kept in the hospital for observation, the trapped person was in stable emotional and physical condition and was discharged from the hospital.

Unsurprisingly, given what happened, the man received mental health counseling, the Xinhua statement noted.

You can watch a tourist’s experience of crossing the bridge on a less windy day below.

Glass-bottom bridges are a popular attraction in China – with local areas vying for the attention of tourists. For example, perhaps the most famous bridge is in Zhangjiajie National Park, Hunan Province. This bridge hangs 984 feet above – and 1,410 feet in diameter – the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon.

It is not, however, the longest glass-bottom bridge in China. This title belongs to a bridge built last year in Lianzhou, Huangchuan Three Gorges Scenic Area, Guangdong Province. Indeed, the 1,726 foot structure holds the Guinness world record for the longest glass bottom bridge.

The safety of some of these bridges has already been questioned, and since the incident, many Chinese have expressed growing concern about the safety of the bridges.

State media posts in which you can see the man hanging from the side of the bridge, surrounded by holes where glass panels had been destroyed, have been viewed over 5.8 million times on Weibo. In the comments section, people voice their concerns.

“This is exactly why I dare not step on a bridge like this,” wrote a commentator named Wadetian on Weibo.

“So many glass bridges have been built in recent years and are popular with tourists,” Li, a doctor from Sichuan Province of China, wrote on Weibo. “But how can we ensure their safety?”

Know before you go

Piyan hill station has now been closed, according to Xinhua. In addition, the Longjing City government “will carry out a full safety inspection of all tourist attractions, and the matter is being investigated.”

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