Chinese Skyscraper Has 100-Metre-High Waterfall on Its Facade


A new mixed-use skyscraper in China has switched on the world's largest man-made waterfall.

The Liebian International Building in Guiyang, southwest China, has been built to include a dramatic 108-metre-high water feature.

Ludi Industry Group, who are the developers behind the building, said the feature pays homage to the local region's rugged nature.

“Guiyang is a city of mountains, and with many trees, just like a forest,” Ludi Industry Group director Cheng Xiaomao said.

“We wanted to create a feeling of water and greenery, even when you are surrounded by skyscrapers.”

"The architect wanted to create a feeling of water and greenery, even when you are surrounded by skyscrapers."

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Once complete, the Liebian International Building will comprise offices, a shopping centre and a luxury hotel.

The water feature, which has been functional for the past two years, has only been turned on six times, with owners blaming the high cost.

The waterfall is operated by four pumps that feed from underground tanks containing rainwater and runoff.

It costs approximately $160 per hour to pump water to the top of the 121 metre high structure.

Chinese citizens have mocked the project as a waste of money.

In Singapore, Jewel Changi Airport will contain a 40-metre-tall waterfall at its centre, pouring 10,000 gallons per minute.

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