province in southern China known for its stunning natural beauty can
now also boast the world’s largest man-made waterfall – but it doesn’t
Flowing 108 metres (350 feet) down the glass exterior of the Liebian International Building in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province, the waterfall is about 3 metres longer than the previous record holder at the Solar City Tower in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Chinese tourists accused of pinching ‘crown jewels’ from Vladivostok’s glass beach
by Ludi Industry Group, the feature uses recycled water from basement
storage tanks, which is pushed to the top of the 121-metre-high building
by four giant pumps before re-emerging as a cascade from a massive
opening on one side.
fully occupied, the multi-purpose building will comprise offices, shops
and a luxury hotel, company director Cheng Xiaomao said, though the
latter has to be completed.
“Guiyang is a city of mountains, and with many trees, just like a forest. He wanted to create a feeling of water and greenery, even when you are surrounded by skyscrapers,” Cheng said.From Africa to Europe, dragon boat races are spreading across the world
the waterfall was completed about two years ago, it has only been
turned on six times, with the latest occasion being for half an hour on
Sunday to mark the Guiyang International Marathon.
people had already begun to consider the building a local landmark and
were using it as a place to go for a walk or to socialise, Cheng said.
Once fully occupied, the multi-purpose building will comprise offices, shops and a luxury hotel. Photo: ImaginechinaShare:
of the reasons the waterfall does not appear more often is the
operating cost. While the water comes free, the price of powering the
pumps is about 800 yuan (US$117) an hour, Cheng said.
While some internet users questioned whether the extravagant design was a waste of money, others were full of compliments.
scene is very impressive. You seldom see a waterfall in a city,” said a
woman in a video published on the Pear Video website this week.
“It looks very soothing on a hot summer day. The idea is very creative,” said another.
One social media user was undecided, however.
price must be paid for an artificial spectacle, especially a large one
like this. Whether it’s a waste of money or worth more than the 800 yuan
an hour is for the company to calculate.”