One month after suddenly closing down because too many people wanted to walk across it, the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge is scheduled to officially reopen in Zhangjiajie on Friday, just in time for China’s Golden Week madness.
Apparently, bridge officials and workers spent September performing a comprehensive “safety overhaul,” Xinhua reports. The management committee installed an “intelligent monitoring system” to help control visitor flow at the entrance and exit, and also cleared the way for a free shuttle bus that will take park visitors straight to the breathtaking bridge.
The long-awaited 430-meter-long glass-bottomed bridge hanging 300 meters above the floor of the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon finally opened on August 20th, following numerous delays, and then closed not even two weeks later after it turned out that all the various publicity stunts officials engineered to reassure tourists that the bridge was perfectly safe worked a little too well.
The park capped the number of daily visitors to the bridge at 8,000 per day. However, as many as ten times that number waited outside the gates for their chance to walk across each day. Some tourists even lined up overnight to be one of the lucky few allowed through.
Earlier this month, pictures went viral showing the glass bridge crammed full of visitors.
But this time, officials say that they are ready for the influx of visitors. Starting tomorrow, tourists can book their tickets online to visit the bridge, and then swipe their ID cards at the entrance when they arrive. Tickets cost 138 yuan and will likely continue to be limited to 8,000 a day or less.
On Saturday, the National Day Holiday begins in China. The 7-day holiday, also known as “Golden Week,” or “Hell on Earth,” will see some 750 million people traveling around the country to visit family or enjoy a relaxing vacation.
Come one, come all! Just don’t all come at once.