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New sky bridge opens to public

2012/07/23 19:59:30

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) A newly constructed sky bridge in Nantou City opened to the public for the first time Monday, attracted hundreds of tourists who had to wait at least an hour for a tour of the bridge.

"We arrived before 8 a.m. to wait in line," said a visitor surnamed Chen, who left from Taichung at 6 a.m. with his family to avoid the rush.

His family of five was among the first group of 150 people to visit the bridge when it opened at 8:30 a.m.

The 204-meter-long bridge, suspended 70 meters above a valley, is located in the Houtanjing Recreation Area in the Baguashan mountainous area on the city's border with Changhua County and gives visitors a clear view of the Changhua plain.

The bridge is only open to 150 people at a time, however, because of safety concerns. The construction of nearby hiking trails have yet to be completed, according to the Nantou County government, which held an inauguration ceremony for the bridge a day earlier.

According to the Nantou County tourism department, admission to the bridge will be NT$10 (US$0.33) this week through Friday and then revert to the normal price of NT$50. Operating hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

(By Lin Heng-li and Nell Shen)