Less than two weeks after opening to the public to much global fanfare, the world's highest and longest, glass-bottom bridge in China has closed.
Stretching 430 meters over the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and 300 meters above the valley floor, the glass-bottomed bridge opened August 20 to thousands of waiting visitors, eager to become the first to test out the feat of structural engineering.
But with little notice, officials closed the bridge Friday, angering tourists who had journeyed to the canyon or already bought tickets to make the hair-raising crossing.
Park officials were quick to allay any safety concerns and said the temporary closure is necessary for upgrading and improving guest services after being overwhelmed with demand, reports Xinhua news.
While the guest capacity is limited to 8,000 visitors a day, more than 10,000 people have been swarming the site for their chance to see the bridge.
Park officials also posted a message to Chinese social networking site Weibo apologizing for the inconvenience and explaining that the closure is necessary to improve the facility.
During the temporary closure, officials are expected to make improvement to parking, ticketing and customer service.