Over the previous few years, glass walkways, bridges and viewing platforms have turn out to be all the craze at mountainous vacationer websites round China who hope to attract in additional guests with the attract of spectacular views and harmful drops.
However it seems that guests could also be in additional precise hazard than that they had assumed. Music Yu, the director of the Beijing Municipal Fee of Tourism Growth, advised the Beijing Morning Information that it isn’t clear who’s liable for supervising the security of the rising variety of glass-bottomed constructions round Beijing. Thus, their building has been suspended in the interim.
Beijing already occurs to be residence to the world’s largest glass sightseeing platform which opened final yr. Music stated that scenic areas with present glass walkways must “introduce sound security administration programs and be clear about their tasks.” Which we might hope they had been already doing earlier than.
It is not clear if this hole in oversight applies to the remainder of the nation as properly. In 2015, a glass-bottomed bridge in Henan province cracked solely two weeks after opening, sparking fears in regards to the security of those glass constructions.
To allay any considerations earlier than opening its world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge final yr, Zhangjiajie carried out a sequence of very public stress exams incorporating sledgehammers and SUVs. Nonetheless, lower than two weeks after opening, the bridge was out of the blue closed down as a result of too many individuals had wished to stroll on it.
The 430-meter-long glass bridge then reopened the next month after a “security overhaul.”