Beijing (CNN) – When Beijing's new multi-billion dollar airport was opened with great enthusiasm last Wednesday, a piece of China's history quietly closed its doors on the other side of the city.
The last flight, China United Airlines KN5830, started shortly after 10pm. state media said. On Saturday the doors were tightly closed and the parking lot mostly left.
The few remaining dusty cars had a polite note on the side window. "Hello, this airport officially moved to Daxing International Airport on September 25. I want to thank you again for trusting Nanyuan Airport," the statement says.
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Externally, the two could not be more different.
Daxing, designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid, is elegant and high-tech. Nanyuan is far more rundown, with a brutally practical square shape and traces of rust.
Nonetheless, the Beijing citizens poured into the old terminal days after its closure to honor a piece of the city's history.  33-year-old Xiang Wang visited the airport on Saturday, the first weekend after his closure, with his children and partner, and took photos next to government-issued historical exhibits.
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Wang Xiang and his baby daughter pose in front of a sign recalling the closure on 29 September at Nanyuan Airport in Beijing
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Wang, a doctoral student at Tsinghua University, deeply regretted that he had not received a plane ticket for the last flight from Nanyuan , and was jealous of his classmates who did not work here.
"We have feelings for this place," he said. "It's sad that Nanyuan is gone … I brought my 1 year old son here , He probably will not understand what I tell him about it, but he will have the memories. "
An abandoned guard at Beijing's Nanyuan Airport, which closed its doors this week.
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Chunqian Yin, a 34-year-old accountant, brought her son to the airport so that it could be part of the historical moment.
"I will miss this airport very much. I used to see airplanes flying around here, but now I will not be able to do that, "she said.
Outside the museum, there was an exhibition with a countdown to the closure of the airport, which Yin claims to have visited regularly
Yin, however, said she also philosophically considered the closure of the airport, after all, she said, the area may now experience a construction boom.
"New things will not come if old things do not go," she said .