China's Mad Glass Bridge Has Already Closed, Due to a… Software Problem

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

That didn’t take long, did it. The world’s longest glass bridge – you know, the one that opened a couple of weeks ago – has already closed.

So why’s it been shut? According to its operators, the 430-metre bridge (which happens to be suspended 300 metres above the ground) requires an “internal system upgrade” because it’s attracting too many visitors.

It’s reportedly only supposed to accommodate up to 8,000 people per day, but it's seen numbers exceeding 10,000 since its opening on August 20th. The “software and hardware” used for managing visitors is therefore said to require an update, to ensure the thing doesn't come tumbling down to the sound of a million "I told you so"s.

A reopening is yet to be confirmed. Here's a video of a man trying to smash it with a sledgehammer. [Sky News]