Chinese climbers stranded on cliff for over an hour due to overcrowding

This screengrab shows tourists trapped on a rock climbing trail in eastern China during the Labor Holiday long weekend. 
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,- There are several other peaks in the world that are also facing issues of overcrowding.

Earlier this week, a group of travelers faced a challenging situation while climbing Yandang Mountain in eastern China. They found themselves stuck partway up a cliff, holding onto a rope along a fixed climbing route, for over an hour.

The pictures of the climbers clinging to the side of the cliff while they waited for their companions to continue along the via ferrata, which are metal rungs attached to the mountain, became extremely popular on Chinese social media.

This is quite alarming! One Chinese online commenter expressed their fear of heights, saying, "I might just wet myself up there!"

"I have no interest in participating, even if I'm offered money," another person stated.

Another person inquired about the potential scenario of a climber falling and requiring assistance. However, it is worth noting that all the climbers were depicted wearing helmets, harnesses, and other safety equipment.


Wenzhou Dingcheng Sports Development Co., Ltd, the organization responsible for managing the via ferrata, admitted that they had miscalculated the level of interest in mountain climbing.

"We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our customers. We regret that our initial estimation of customer turnout was inaccurate, resulting in overcrowding and difficulties in managing the flow of visitors. We acknowledge that the absence of a ticket reservation system and shortcomings in onsite management contributed to the situation where customers were blocked and unable to proceed on the climbing route," the company stated.

The company stated that it would temporarily suspend ticket sales as it addressed the matter internally. Additionally, it announced plans to implement a traffic-control system for visitors in the future.

Located approximately 410 kilometers (255 miles) south of Shanghai in Zhejiang province, Yandang Mountain stands at an impressive height of 1,150 meters (3,773 feet).

May's first week in China is a bustling time with the Labor Day holiday, attracting a significant influx of tourists.

Yandang Mountain, a beloved destination for travelers in China, was proposed for UNESCO World Heritage site status in 2001 and is still awaiting official recognition.


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