New glass bridge in China cracks, causing panic among visitors: Apple Daily

A view of cracked glass on a panel of the glass walkway at Yuntai Mountain Park in China's northern Henan province is seen in this still image obtained from video Oct 7, 2015. An official at the park said on Wednesday that the glass walkway, which to
A view of cracked glass on a panel of the glass walkway at Yuntai Mountain Park in China's northern Henan province is seen in this still image obtained from video Oct 7, 2015. An official at the park said on Wednesday that the glass walkway, which tourists reported a panel of which had shattered, met national safety standards during routine inspections, state media reported.PHOTO: REUTERS
A general view of a section of a glass walkway along mountain side at Yuntai Mountain Park in China's northern Henan province, in this still image obtained from video Oct 7, 2015. An official at the park said on Wednesday that the glass walkway, whic
A general view of a section of a glass walkway along mountain side at Yuntai Mountain Park in China's northern Henan province, in this still image obtained from video Oct 7, 2015. An official at the park said on Wednesday that the glass walkway, which tourists reported a panel of which had shattered, met national safety standards during routine inspections, state media reported.PHOTO: REUTERS
 A Chinese tourist holds onto his son as they walk across a glass-bottomed suspension bridge in the Shinuizhai mountains in Pingjang county, Hunan province some 150km from Changsha on Oct 7, 2015. The bridge, originally a wooden walkway spanning some
A Chinese tourist holds onto his son as they walk across a glass-bottomed suspension bridge in the Shinuizhai mountains in Pingjang county, Hunan province some 150km from Changsha on Oct 7, 2015. The bridge, originally a wooden walkway spanning some 300 meters across the 180-meter deep valley, reopened two weeks ago following renovations as a glass-bottomed tourist attraction.PHOTO: AFP
Chinese tourists walk across a glass-bottomed suspension bridge in the Shinuizhai mountains in Pingjang county, Hunan province some 150 kilometers from Changsha on Oct 8, 2015. The bridge, originally a wooden walkway spanning some 300m across the 180
Chinese tourists walk across a glass-bottomed suspension bridge in the Shinuizhai mountains in Pingjang county, Hunan province some 150 kilometers from Changsha on Oct 8, 2015. The bridge, originally a wooden walkway spanning some 300m across the 180m-deep valley, reopened two weeks ago following renovations as a glass-bottomed tourist attraction. PHOTO: AFP

Barely a month after it opened, a heart-stopping new glass bridge at the Yuntaishan scenic area in China's Henan province, has cracked, according to the Apple Daily, quoting online social media postings by netizens.

The bridge opened to tourists on Sept 20. It traverses beside and between peaks of the scenic mountainous area.

But on Monday (Oct 5), a netizen posted on social media site Weibo that mass panic was caused when cracks were seen in the bridge, resulting in terrifed visitors running to get off.

The posting at 4.57pm local time on Monday by user "Li Dong Hai Shou Chi Zha Ni Hao Wo De Ai" read: "I witnessed a historic moment, Yuntaishan Glass Bridge just cracked... just when I was near the end, I heard a loud 'crack', and the bridge shook under my foot. When I looked down, I saw the glass panel under my foot cracked... I don't know why it cracked, but at that moment, everybody was screaming. I shouted, 'it really cracked!', then the people in front started running.... what a scare."

It was accompanied by a photo of the cracked glass panel.

On Sept 24, a 300m-long glass bridge opened to thrill-seeking tourists for the first time in Shiniuzhai National Geo-park in China's Hunan province. It a spans a canyon 180m deep.

Originally a wooden bridge, it was converted to glass in a revamp that began earlier this year.