ZHANGJIAJIE, China, Sept. 3 (UPI) — A record-setting glass bottom bridge in China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon was closed two weeks after it first opened due to “overwhelming demand.”
According to the South China Morning Post, officials said the 1,400-foot long bridge required maintenance after its trial opening ended on Friday.
“We’re overwhelmed by the volume of visitors,” a Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon marketing and sales department spokesman told CNN.
According to the spokesman, the bridge has the capacity to hold a maximum of 8,000 visitors per day but demand exceeded that number by nearly 10 times.
He said “there was no problem” with the bridge such as cracks or breaks and said there had been no accidents.
The attraction’s management announced the closure via microblogging social media platform Weibo and said operations were suspended due to “urgency to improve and update” the facility, but a reopening date was not provided.
The valley beneath the bridge was said to have inspired James Cameron‘s 2009 science fiction film Avatar.
Guests complained about the closure, stating that the scenic area surrounding the bridge was “deficient” and filled with trash.
An official at Zhangjiajie’s Cili county said improving the surrounding area was also one of the reasons for the closure.
“We want to use more than 10 days to upgrade the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon scenic area’s facilities and improve the environment,” he said.