Would you ride the Flying Kiss?
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Would you ride the Flying Kiss?


Global (30 September 2020) – 2020 is the gift that keeps on giving, and the internet is in agreement that China’s latest amusement attraction is both beautiful and terrifying.

The Flying Kiss Theme Park is a newly built entertainment facility in Wulong Baima Mountain Scenic Area, around 2½ hours by car from downtown Chongqing. Its feature ride is composed of two giant moving statues (52 meters or 170 feet high) at a cliff that overlooks the Wu River, a Yangtze tributary, from more than 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) above it.

The design of Flying Kiss comes from a romantic love story popular in Wulong, Chongqing.

“The male statue represents Chaofeng, the third son of the Dragon King, the king of the sea. The female statue is the Purple Fairy (Zhang Tianyang), the ninth daughter of the Jade Emperor, the king of the sky.

Chaofeng and Zhang Tianyang fell in love at first sight when the Purple Fairy played beside the river. However, when they were dating, they made the Queen Mother angry because they hit her carriage accidentally, and she changed them into two hills with the Wu River in between them. Since then, they could only look at each other from across the gorge.”

The “Flying Kiss” ride expresses a fond wish in the hearts of local people that lovers will finally be together. It is on Baima Shan (‘White Horse Mountain’, where the Purple Fairy is said to have been banished). The giant figures of Chaofeng and Purple Fairy begin bent down to the platform with the passenger pavilions in their outstretched hands. They stand gradually bringing passengers to a height of 52 meters where they can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole scenic area. Then Chaofeng and the Purple Fairy get closer and finally say goodbye, bending down to return passengers to the ground — all in 7 minutes. For lovers or couples, you can choose to ride separate statues to experience the romance.

But the internet seems to agree that the ride looks both beautiful and terrifying.

Watch the video below:

Sources: Flying Kiss | South China Morning Post 
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