Five hundred people say farewell to the Sky Wheel
The Sky Wheel of Chongqing Amusement Park under sunset
The Sky Wheel is the witness of happy memories of Chongqing people
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- The Sky Wheel at the Nanqiaotou of Shibanpo Yangtze River Bridge is the most outstanding landmark of the city and the one of the best places to appreciate the night view.
For the above reason or for keeping the memory, on the evening of October 9th, people went to the Chongqing Amusement Park to take the Sky Wheel.
It was the last day after the National Day holiday, but more and more people went there after work because the Sky Wheel will be closed on October 14th. At the end of its being a companion for 26 years, they went to say farewell to it.
Countdown to the close of Sky Wheel
At 5:00 p.m. of the day, it was 5-day countdown to the closure of the ride.
After work, Lin Lin met her boyfriend under the Sky Wheel. She lives in Nanping and worked at Jiaochangkou and can see the Sky Wheel when crossing the bridge. When she sees the colorful lights of the wheel, Lin feels bright and knows she is close to home.
“I feel sad knowing that the Sky Wheel is to be closed,” said Lin. But she never watched the night view since she has lived in Nan’an. “The night view of Jialing River and Yangtze River and the light of the Sky Wheel must be beautiful.”
Lin hoped that the Sky Wheel will be preserved or a new one built at the same place to keep the unique night view.
Love and happiness witnessed by night view.
Most of the subsequent tourists come here for the night view.
Each operation of the Sky Wheel cars is accompanied by love and happiness. Each cycle of the 49-meter-high Sky Wheel takes eight minutes and 144 persons can be carried by its 36 cars. There is a story in each car and each operation is a destiny, witnessed at the top of Nanshan Mountain and encircled by the night views of the two rivers.
Zhou Zeyu, a staff at the Chongqing Amusement Park, specially went to the Sky Wheel. She worked here for 26 years and witnessed many stories about it, such as auto show, tea party, western wedding, blind date and others. The Sky Wheel witnessed a lot of happiness and love stories.
Seeing many visitors from different places, she sighed: “I hope it will be preserved”.
Over 500 persons said goodbye to Sky Wheel.
According to a staff of Chongqing Amusement Park, over 500 persons had a good time in only 3.5 hours from 17:00 to 21:00 on October 8th.
The staff said that they were very busy when there were over 100 persons on other days, so they had to prolong the operation time to 22:30 on that day.
October 9 was neither a holiday nor a weekend, but there were many visitors queuing up from about 17:00 o’clock.
Mr. Yang has worked at the Amusement Park since 1988 and he will retire from work together with the Sky Wheel. However, in his mind, the Sky Wheel is an urban landmark as well as a forever sign in Chongqing people’s mind, because it was part of their childhood, youth and family times. They will continue providing services if there are visitors even at midnight before it is out service. (Translated by Tang Ma Shuangshuang, Fathom Language Limited)