A parking spot in Chengdu that had reached legendary status on the city's online forums is no longer.
The spot, on central Chengdu's Huaxing Jie, was a 4.5-meter-long space between two trees. It gained its legendary status after media reported on the parking guard whose jurisdiction the space was under. Immediately, photos of cars parked between the two trees with only centimeters to spare circulated online.
Under the direction of parking guard Wu Jun, drivers would squeeze their Gulfs and QQs into the spot. Wu knew instantly which cars would be able to fit and which wouldn't.
But a few months ago, the tree in the front was blown over by a storm, killing it. Today, the space is long enough to accommodate two cars easily, and visitors who come to see the deftness with Wu Jun once directed drivers leave disappointed.
Wu, too, is disillusioned. Not only did he lose the "most amazing" parking spot, but he thinks drivers today are jerks.
"These days, drivers are too self-assured," said Wu. "They want to park by themselves, and they don't even open the window. But if they would just listen to me, they'd never fail."