In an article in China.org Shougang Park, an expansive exhibition and commercial area renovated from an old steel plant in Beijing's western Shijingshan district, Cultural & Tourism Director Mr Li Hongji, who Li became a steelworker at the No 3 blast furnace at Shougang Plant in 1998, said "Many citizens come here for a visit at weekends, especially in summer and during public holidays. The accumulative number of visitors in a single day once registered 50,000 to 60,000 since the Big Air Shougang opened to the public.” Put into operation in 1959 by Shougang, the No 3 blast furnace was suspended in 2010 and began to be repurposed in 2017. The original structure and external appearance were preserved to the maximum extent and the interior space was rearranged to form different functional areas such as exhibition sectors and viewing platforms. As the world's first permanent big air venue for long-term usage, the Big Air Shougang hosts professional ice and snow events, including those by the International Ski Federation, provide extreme sports for the public, and facilitate various cultural activities such as concerts and ice and snow carnivals The Shangri-La Hotel at Shougang Park was converted from a power plant suspended in 2010 and put into service last year. Consisting of three buildings, the hotel can accommodate more than 500 guests. It also offers functional spaces like a banquet hall and conference center as well as leisure areas, including a children's playground, swimming pool, bar and large green space. Gaoxian Park is a 2.9-kilometer-long elevated footpath transformed from industrial pipes. The trail connects the main scenic spots and cultural and leisure facilities at Shougang Park, constituting a perfect place for photography, exercise and landscape appreciation. It is also equipped with elevators for people with disabilities to get easy access.