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.
In 2010, the cable car was classified as a form of public transportation running for free from 07:00 to 22:00 each day in Changshou. Thus, the cable car that had run for nearly 50 years officially became free.