Commentary on Political Economy

Sunday 9 May 2021


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Tourist stranded after 100-metre-high glass bridge shatters in China

A composite image shows the Longjing tourist bridge before and after the dangerous weather
About 60 glass-bottomed bridges have been built around China since 2016, state media reports.( Supplied )

Chinese officials have blamed strong winds after a 100-metre-high glass bridge near the city of Longjing shattered and left a tourist stranded. 

A statement posted to Longjing City's official Weibo social media account said the Piyan Mountain tourism area, in the country's north-east, had experienced extreme weather on Friday, damaging several panes of the glass deck.

"Our staff rushed to the scene with emergency equipment and successfully transferred the trapped person to safety. The incident caused no casualties," it said.

"The trapped person was taken to hospital for observation. He was discharged as his mental and physical condition were stable."

The post said the Piyan Mountain tourist area had been closed and authorities were investigating whether other amusements at the park presented safety hazards.

According to state news agency Xinhua, 60 glass-deck bridges have been built in China since 2016.

"So many glass deck bridges have been built in recent years and are very popular with tourists. But how can we ensure their safety?" Xinhua quoted a social media user as saying.

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