The urban administration suspended the light show test on buildings in Futian CBD starting yesterday for safety reasons as Saturday's test had caused serious congestion and overcrowding at Lianhua Hill Park and the CBD area.
Video clips showing light show Friday night had circulated among WeChat users and driven enthusiastic citizens to gather Saturday at Lianhua Hill Park and the terrace and square of Shenzhen Civic Center to enjoy the view. This caused serious congestion and overcrowding despite the fact that the city's urban administration had reminded residents the light show was just undergoing test runs and that they would circulate details about the shows when the tests were completed.
At around 6 p.m., a resident surnamed Ye had arrived at Lianhua Hill Park and set up cameras to capture the light show. Despite he learned the show would start at around 7 p.m., Ye came earlier to pick out a good location.
"It was crowded with tripods. The first-comers came at 1 p.m., others came at 3 p.m., and more came at 5 p.m. When I came at 6 p.m., there was no space for me," said Ye.
Ye was later forced to find a place at the terrace of Shenzhen Civic Center.
The large crowds also forced police officers to be on duty to guide traffic and maintain order. Garbage at the scene also increased. A public cleaner surnamed Hou reported that he collected 10 dustbins of garbage in four hours since the test show was started.
"The amount increased several times, we can't handle it though we have added a dozen of people to help," said Hou.
To mark the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up, Shenzhen's urban administration had started light projects on 35 buildings and five public squares in Futian CBD. The lighting displays form a dynamic scroll of painting that depicts Shenzhen's splendor history over the past decades.
The light project was initiated at the beginning of the year across the city. Light shows at Shenzhen Grand Theater, Huaqiangbei Pedestrian Street and Shennan Boulevard had been completed. By the end of August, the lighting project in Shenzhen Bay Houhai Center will be completed. According to urban administration officials, the light show won't be held every night. The show will evolve through three different forms: the regular mode, holiday mode and deep-night mode.
[Source: Shenzhen Daily]