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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Puffer Fish Observation Tower in China

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CHINA is globally known for its outrageous, intriguing, and expensive buildings constructed in the 21st century. One amazing — and arguably adorable — copper-plated structure is located near Yangzhong, a county-level city of Jiangsu Province in eastern China. Featuring over 8,900 copper plates gleaming in sunlight, a giant puffer fish observation tower was constructed in 2013 with a price tag of over ¥72 million (Yuan/Renminbi) and USD $11 million. This expensive attraction faces north on the east side of Globefish Island, which is located south of the city — on the larger Yangzhong island — and surrounded on the north, west, and south sides by Yangzhong island.

Puffer Fish Observation Tower in Yangzhong, China during the day

Color-changing lights on the fish structure dazzle spectators hoping to be amazed at nighttime. The world's largest pufferfish stands about as tall as the Statue of Liberty, the American torch-bearing lady that stands 93 meters and 305 feet tall. Why was the gargantuan fish built, despite public outrage about its exorbitant cost? Yangzhong officials assert that this monument provides an interesting way to attract visitors, give the city a unique landmark to stand out from the surrounding natural landscape, and remind residents the importance of protecting aquatic species and the environment. Both images came from this On Demand News (ODN) video on YouTube.

Puffer Fish Observation Tower in Yangzhong, China at night

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