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Glass Walkway Cracks in China Resulting in Paneful Mocking

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Oct 2015 12:24 PM

A glass walkway suspended on a cliffside 3,500 feet above sea level in China cracked on Monday, less than a month after it opened to the public, causing an online furor on social media.

According to The New York Times, the walkway is located in Yuntaishan (Yuntai Mountain) Scenic Park in China's central Henan province, and measures 1,300 feet in length.

Word first spread online that one of the glass panels in the walkway had cracked.

"Just witnessed a historic moment — Yuntaishan's glass walkway is broken," wrote one user on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, CNN reported. "As I was approaching the end of the passage, I heard a sudden loud 'bang.' My legs were shaken. I looked down and saw the pane underneath me had shattered. Some people screamed. I yelled, 'It really cracked. It really cracked!' Then I ran pushing the people in front of me. I was terrified."

Soon, the Chinese media had picked up the story, and it was reported across Twitter in English.



As the Times reported, "comments online resounded with skepticism about a nationwide vogue for walking, wobbling or crawling along glass-bottomed bridges and walkways at vertiginous heights. Some cited China’s chronic problems with shoddy construction and ineffectual crowd control and argued that the boom in see-through scenic walks lacked transparency."

On Tuesday, park officials issued a statement on the cracked walkway.

"To ensure guests' safety, the glass walkway was closed immediately. Safety experts were deployed to find the cause of the incident," it wrote. "The passage's surface is made of custom-made three-layer tempered glass panes. The cracks only affect one layer of the pane and will not pose threat to safety."

Park officials said "external force" from a sharp object caused the cracking.

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