Chongqing has torn down a massive fortress-like gate that was built by a company at a cost of over a million RMB. The structure was 22m high, 12m wide, and 6m thick, and was originally built by a Chongqing foodstuffs company, Huashengyuan .
The company had envisioned the fortress to be a landmark, free for all the residents in the city to enjoy, said a spokesperson to Chinese media yesterday. Indeed, for months, it had attracted the attention of scores of Chinese couples who had come to have their wedding photos taken. So popular was the structure, it is said, that the couples had to queue up for their turn.
City officials said the structure was deemed to have been built illegally, and without approval, in March. In the vicinity lies the Xinkuofu Road which is slated to be widened from 10m to 16m. And because the structure stands in the way of the road expansion, government officials ordered the structure to be demolished. After several months of wrangling, the wrecking ball finally came on Sunday.