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Yangtze River Cableway

长江索道 (長江索道, Chángjiāng suǒdào)

The cableway across the Yangtze River was put into operation in 1987 to increase the efficiency of transport between the Yuzhong and Nan'an districts in Chongqing without building expensive new bridges. With a span of 1,166 meters (3800 feet), it is much longer than its sister cableway across the Jialing River (1982-2011), but this latter is already no longer in operation. Huge bridges will soon carry the CRT Line 6 over the Jialing River leading to Jiefangbai and finally over the Yangtze River, so there is concern that the Yangtze Cableway will be abandoned.

The cableway is mainly used by the local population for inexpensive travel to Jiefangbai CBD, but tourists also enjoy the beautiful scenery that can be taken in while crossing the Yangtze River. Thus, let’s hope that the cableway will continue to operate after parallel bridge is opened.

Entry to the Yangtze River Cableway in Chongqing

Entry to the gondolas:

Gondolas of the Yangtze River Cableway in Chongqing

The support cables run between the high-rise buildings into the fog:

Support cables of the Yangtze River Cableway between high-rise buildings

Once the Dongshuimen Bridge makes a faster connection over the Yangtze River available, it might replace the cableway. The large, yellow building is by the way the Huguang-Gildenhalle:

View towards the Huguang Guild Hall

View of apartment blocks, which are obviously quite huge:

Apartments in Chongqing

Passing by a gondola coming in the opposite direction:

Gondola of the Yangtze River Cableway in Chongqing

The view back towards Jiefangbei CBD:

View towards Jiefangbei

The powerful Yangtze River as it flows quietly by provides an excellent background for the skyscrapers on a day when they are shrouded in mist:

View of the Yuzhong District

The remaining gap in the Dongshuimen Bridge will be closed within a few months:

Construction of the Dongshuimen Bridge

How to get there

Take the CRT Line 1 to the Xiaoshenzi Station, from which it is a 2-minute walk. Other attractions in the vicinity are the Huguang Guild Hall, the Luohan Temple, the People's Liberation Monument and Chaotianmen.