An artificial waterfall has been built on a Chinese skyscraper, and it is absolutely breathtaking.
The high-rise waterfall is situated in Guiyang – a city sometimes nicknamed ‘The Forest City’ – in south-west China.
At an incredible 108-metre-tall (350ft) in height, this is the highest artificial waterfall in the world. It cascades from the 397-foot tall Liebian Building, which is right in the heart of the city’s financial district.
The timeless, peaceful beauty of the waterfall contrasted with the modern city setting makes this a truly unforgettable sight to behold.
Managed by Guizhou Ludiya Property Management Co., this is the only ‘waterfall building in the city,’ and is a refreshing sight in the heat of summer.
This is certainly a dramatic landmark – especially when rainbows streak across the sparkling water in the sunshine – and some locals are very excited.
One Guiyang citizen told Kanka News:
It’s quite novel. If you do it on a hot day, it will feel very comfortable. It is still very eye-catching.
However, some people are not happy about this new addition to the city-scape, with some expressing concerns over wasting water.
One person commented:
Whose idea was it to put a waterfall on the building? It’s a terrible idea,
They should really conserve energy instead of wasting it like that.
So much wasted energy
— Googledrop (@Spaghettio666) July 22, 2018
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— Brandon Walker (@BrandonWalker) July 22, 2018
Not a good idea. Water will corrode one side of the building faster than the rest of it. It takes (wastes) lots of energy to move all of that water. Windows on the wet side will be dirty all the time. This idea would have been better kept in someone's mind.
— Richard H. Graham (@RichardHGraham) July 22, 2018
I like it wondering how much noise it makes
— Walter Rush (@RushWalter) July 22, 2018
A representative from Guizhou Ludiya Property Management Co. Ltd. – Mr Cheng – told Kanka News how the water was in fact recycled, quelling some fears over water wastage:
The water we use is recycled underground tap water, some rainwater or other channels of water.
We have four underground water storage and drainage systems, our waterfalls. The water is pumped from the negative four-tier reservoir, and then recycled.
Find out more about this magnificent feat of design below:
Other local residents are worried about the high cost of the waterfall, with the electricity bill costing an extortianate 800 yuan (£89) for just one hour of operation.
Mr Cheng has explained how the waterfall wouldn’t be running everyday, cutting costs considerably:
The power consumption is not big, we don’t open it often.
For example, Guiyang has international or domestic activities, or when there is demand, notify us, occasionally open ten Twenty minutes in minutes.
Each time the waterfall is switched on, it will run for just 10 to 20 minutes; preserving electricity while still providing a unique attraction for citizens and visitors alike.
Mr Cheng believes this will provide a wonderful tourist attraction, with people travelling from far and wide to admire the spectacular creation. And it’s easy to see why.
Pictures and footage of the ‘wow factor’ waterfall have since gone viral, and people cannot quite believe their eyes.
One person tweeted:
Wow that is so beautiful I really love it
Wow wow, this is the best building. Awesome.
@Tendaijoe wow wow ? ? ?, this is the best building ?. Awesome ??
— khetha Nkosi Mcoboth (@KMcobothi) July 22, 2018
Wow that is so beautiful
I really love it
— lindokuhle_Mlindos (@Lindoku70685694) July 22, 2018
Wow. Must be damp downwind. They could plant a fern garden…
— Ccnn (@Ccnn35555922) July 22, 2018
What do you think of this impressive spectacle? Do you think it is a beautiful new feature of the city, or do you think Guiyang are flushing their money down the loo?
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.