'Insane': Moment tourist dangles from 100m-high bridge

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Heart-stopping photos show the moment a tourist was left dangling from a 100-metre-high bridge after strong winds damaged the glass bottom.

Pictures emerged on social media showing the man trapped on the suspended glass walkway in the Piyan Mountain in the city of Longjing, China, holding on to the guard railing for dear life.

Local media outlet Xinhuanet reports the glass bottom had been damaged in wind gusts of up to 150km/h on Friday (local time). 

The tourist was forced to crawl to safety and was rescued with the help of police and firefighters before he was taken to hospital for counselling. 

People on Twitter were shocked by the images of the stranded tourist suspended over the dizzying heights.

The tourist was forced to hang on to the bridge at Piyan Mountain after strong winds damaged the glass bottom. Source: Twitter/@MattCKnight
The tourist was forced to hang on to the bridge at Piyan Mountain after strong winds damaged the glass bottom. Source: Twitter/@MattCKnight

"Anyone who goes on that thing is insane," one said.

"I've been there. I wasn't about to walk in there," another claimed. 

Several glass bridges closed in China

In 2019, a Chinese province closed a number of glass bridges and walkways over safety fears. 

Chinese state-owned news service ECNS reported all 32 bridges were closed in the Heibei province.

In 2019, a tourist died and six people were injured after they fell off a glass slide in the Guangxi province. 

The ABC reports the man suffered severe head injuries after rain made the slide dangerously slippery. 

In 2016, the world's longest glass-bottom bridge closed just 13 days after it was open to the public. 

The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in China’s Yunan Province received an overwhelming amount of visitors the first two weeks it was open, causing concern.

Park officials told CNN the bridge could only hold 8000 people per day, but it had been carrying about 10 times that since it opened on August 20, 2016. 

It was announced the 430-metre-long bridge, which was limited to 800 people at a time, would close on September 2 due to an "urgency to improve and update" the facilities. 

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