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China’s popular glass bridges, viewing decks and walkways have garnered attention globally. The thrill factor and their uniqueness made them a great trend amongst a lot of adventure lovers.
However, due to safety concerns, Hebei, which was home to many such attractions, shut 24 sites that were spread across the province. These attractions have been shut since March 2018 and safety checks are being carried out. The news only recently came to light.
Hebei, in North China, also shut the Hongyagu glass bridge, which until recently held the title of world's longest glass bridge. The glass structure stretched 488 metres between two steep cliffs and had more than a thousand panels of glass.
More than 2,000 glass attractions are spread across China. However, there have been fatalities. In one such incident in Guangxi province, a man to crashed into the railing while going down and fell over the side when the glass slide became slippery after rainfall. Six others were injured in the same incident. There have also been reports of tourists being hit on a glass bridge by flying debris.
According to media reports, earlier this year, the government called for local tourism authorities to carry out "comprehensive safety assessments" of glass bridge projects.
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