Aug. 31 - The southern Chinese city of Chongqing demolishes two of its landmark buildings by controlled explosions, to make way for a new skyscraper. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: The landmark Three Gorges Hotel and Chongqing port's passenger terminal were demolished on Thursday (August 31) to make way for new building projects, state television CCTV reported. The 32-story terminal and the hotel, both of which faced the city's Chaotianmen Square, were pulled down in controlled explosions lasting two seconds, CCTV said. Awe-struck residents of the southern Chinese city watched as the buildings were blasted down in succession, first the hotel, then the terminal. The 108-metre building was the tallest and of the largest volume to be demolished in China, state media said. A new skyscraper, which will serve as a trade centre, a transport hub and a tourist base, will be built in place of the buildings.