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Dramatic video of bridge collapsing under tourist horde

October 23, 2013 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Outbound tourism from China is roaring ahead and domestic tourism within the country is booming too. Millions of enthusiastic travellers are heading around China’s many regions to see the highlights of their own land.

This is placing infrastructure under a strain – quite literally in some cases. A new video clip provides an example, showing what happens when tourists ignore a sign saying “maximum capacity 40 persons” and march in great numbers across a footbridge. Result: the footbridge collapses in the middle, folding in half and sending the tourists plummeting straight into the icy water of a lake in east China’s Jiangxi province.

The tourists were trooping across the bridge to visit a new marina offering boat trips, according to reports. The bridge to the boats collapsed under their weight. Onlookers quickly threw lifebuoys to those in the water, a raft reached them and the bedraggled tourists were rescued. Some minor injuries were reported.

Footage of the incident can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xpP6GFGrrQ

Puzzles remain. Why the bridge should fold in half precisely at the point where a tourist holding a large red flag is marching over it (and why the camera should zoom in at that very moment) remain among life’s little mysteries.

Reports did not immediately identify the lake but it may be Lake Poyang, China’s largest freshwater lake.

Written by : Peter Needham

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