3,500-foot high glass walkway cracks in China

Yuntai Mountain glass walkway in China

A popular glass walkway cracked after a tourist dropped a steel mug on it in China. Photo: Metro

A new glass-bottomed walkway suspended more than 3,500 feet above the ground in the Henan Province of China cracked on Monday, sending thrill-seeking tourists fleeing from the walkway in fear.

The walkway opened in the Yuntai Mountain Geological Park on Sept. 20 and has since drawn scores of tourists to the Central Chinese province. Suspended off the side of Yuntai Mountain, the walkway is paved by three individual, one-inch-thick glass panes, capable of supporting as much as 800 kilograms of weight.

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Unfortunately for the adrenaline enthusiasts who came to take in the jaw-dropping views of the walkway on Monday, the top layer of glass in one section of the glass walkway was done in by something weighing considerably less than 800 kilograms. Officials at the mountain say it cracked after a visitor dropped a stainless steel mug on it.

China glass walkway cracks

An unnamed tourist in China posted this terrifying image of the cracked walkway at Yungtai Mountain. Photo: Weibo user lidonghaishuohezainihaowodehai

The cracked glass panel came to light after an unnamed user on Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter) posted photos and a story of her firsthand account of the incident.

Additional Chinese media outlets sent out images of the cracked walkway:

“I’ve just witnessed history,” the woman, username “lidonghaishuohezainihaowodehai,” wrote in a since-deleted post. “The glass-bottomed walkway on Yuntai Mountain just cracked. When I was about to reach the end [of the passage], I heard a sudden bang and felt a shake under my feet. I looked down and saw the glass floor beneath me shattered. [I have] no idea why it happened, at that moment everybody was screaming.”

Authorities have confirmed the incident and closed the attraction for repair.

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