A tourist was left stranded 330ft in the air after a bridge’s glass bottom shattered in high winds.
Pictures posted on social media showed the man clinging to the guard rail of the walkway in the Piyan Mountain region, near the city of Longjing, China.
Several glass panes were damaged in 90mph winds on Friday, raising more safety concerns about the country’s thousands of glass bridges and other structures.
The man pictured was only trapped momentarily and managed to crawl to safety, guided by firefighters and park officials, according to reports.
A statement posted to Longjing City’s official Weibo social media account blamed extreme weather for damaging the glass deck of the bridge in the area popular with tourists in China’s north-east.
It said: ‘Our staff rushed to the scene with emergency equipment and successfully transferred the trapped person to safety. The incident caused no casualties.
‘The trapped person was taken to hospital for observation. He was discharged as his mental and physical condition were stable.’
The Piyan Mountain area has been closed off and officials are assessing the condition of some of the other park structures.
Safety concerns have been raised about glass bridges in China in the past, and a number have been closed off to walkers.
The world’s longest glass-bottomed bridge opened over the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in China’s Yunan Province in 2016 but was forced to close temporarily 13 days later.
The 1,400ft bridge was only designed to carry 8,000 people a day but had been receiving ten times that number of visitors due to its popularity.
In 2019, one person died and six people were injured after they fell off a glass slide in the Guangxi province. Reports at the time said heavy rain had made the glass slippery.
Hebei province decided to shut all 32 of its glass attractions in March 2018.
‘So many glass deck bridges have been built in recent years and are very popular with tourists. But how can we ensure their safety?’ the state news agency Xinhua quoted a social media user as saying.
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