A tourist was left clinging on for dear life after the glass panels of a 100m high bridge in China were damaged in strong winds.

The walkway, located in the Piyan Mountain in the city of Longjing, reportedly saw its glass panels shattered by the extreme weather conditions.

Now a picture has emerged of a man on Friday holding onto the railings of the bridge which is suspended 100m in the air.

According to local media, the man was stuck on the walkway for a short time before being rescued by firefighters and police.

 

He was then taken to hospital where he received counselling.

The photo was first posted on Chinese social media site Weibo and has since been viewed millions of times.

A video of tourists walking across the bridge on another day shows that one section of it has a fake shattering effect when visitors walk over it.

Chinese mountain resorts are increasingly featuring popular glass-bottom bridges as a way to attract tourists.

According to Earth magazine published by the Geological Museum of China, at least 60 glass-bottomed bridges had been or were being built across the country as of late 2016.

The city of Zhangjiajie, northwest of China's Hunan province, features a famous glass bridge which hangs an incredible 300m above the ground.

The 430m-long, 6m-wide bridge is built between two steep cliffs.

Originally published as Tourist left dangling as glass bridge breaks