China: Tourists freak out as cracks appear in 1,080m-high glass walkway

CHINA is well known for is spectacular, vertigo-inducing glass walkways, often built along cliff edges, which provide amazing vertical views while scaring the bejeezus out of tourists.

The fear factor went a little too far at Yuntai Mountain Geological Park in Henan Province, China Monday afternoon, however, when cracks appeared in one of the panels of a 1,080 meter-high glass bottomed walkway.

One netizen posted on Weibo: “I heard a bang from under… Everybody is screaming. I cried, ‘It’s really cracked! It’s really cracked!’ And pushed the people in front of me to get away.”

China’s People’s Daily reported a staff member as saying the cracks were caused by a dropped thermos flask, causing damage to one of the layers of glass. No one was injured in the incident.

It was not an auspicious start for the attraction, which opened to much fanfare just over two weeks ago and remains closed for the time being.

This video report shows how the walkway bends in a U shape around the cliff face:

A similar attraction, a 300 meter-long glass-bottomed bridge Shiniuizhai National Geological Park in southern China, was revealed to the world earlier this month.

Dubbed the Haohan Qiao Bridge — which translates to Brave Men’s Bridge in English — it spans two peaks above drops of as much as 200 meters.

Check out these brave souls as they put the new bridge through its paces:

Chinese authorities have repeatedly insisted that the glass-bottomed walkways are completely safe and that the glass is designed not to break if any cracks occur.