Brilliant modern architecture, seen in the great city of Chongqing in central China. A public toilet was designed to look like a giant camera, complete with a large lens and a flash light. The toilet stands in the Shiqiaopu Digital City, an area with zillions of shops selling all kinds of electronics and computers.
Launching rockets is like rocket science; not easy and dangerous. Villagers in Watang village, Shaoyang city, Hunan Province, found that out the hard way. Parts of the booster rockets of China’s Chang’e-3 moon probe fell through their roofs. On the photos villager Tang Weihan, who found the tip of a booster rocket in his storage room, but fortunately not on his head. Chinese media say Tang has been compensated 10,800 yuan ($1,772) for the damage.
China has successfully launched the Chang’e-3 lunar probe, carrying a large moon lander and a moon rover called ‘Yutu’, or Jade Rabbit. The Long March-3B carrier rocket blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 1:30 a.m. on Monday. The lander is expected to soft-land on the moon in mid-December in an area called the “Bay of Rainbows”.
This is the ‘Binzhou Aircraft Carrier’, moored in the great city of Binzhou in Shandong Province. The giant ship is 260 meters long, 56 meters wide, and 31 meters high. Deck height is 12 meters and deck floor area is a massive 10.000 square meters. The Binzhou is modeled after the mighty USS Nimitz. The Binzhou however won’t sail the world seas any time soon because it is made of concrete and actually a building standing in an artificial lake.
Construction of the largest spokeless Ferris wheel in the world has been completed in the great city of Changzhou, Jiangsu province. Building began back in 2009 and has cost more than 150 million yuan ($24 million). The project has been met with numerous delays.
Earlier this year, construction was halted for six months when additional safety checks were carried out. When the wheel will start rolling is unsure. China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) still has to give formal permission, and the latest round of safety checks has yet to begin.
China is developing a high-tech attack helicopter. The unmanned Jueying-8 will have a top speed of 400 kilometer per hour. A model of the helicopter was shown on the China Helicopter Exhibition in Tianjin. First flight of the real thing is scheduled for late 2014.
Today in Other Amazing News a pool in China with something new: a “Tsunami Experience”, referring to a destructive natural phenomena causing huge water waves that tend to kill thousands of people when they hit ashore. Moreover, the term ‘tsunami’ commonly refers to the extremely disastrous ‘2004 Indian Ocean tsunami’ that killed over 230.000 people. Fun in the pool?
China’s state news agency Xinhua reports, without any amazement or irony:
Well, it has a wheel… On pics the construction site of the world’s largest spokeless Ferris wheel in Changzhou, Jiangsu province on January 2, 2013. The wheel, which looks like a giant ring, will spin without a spoke.
The Ferris wheel is named “shi lai yun zhuan,” which means “turn of fortune”. Its height will measure 89 meters and the total weight will be 3.000 tons. The wheel costs 150 million yuan (24 million USD) and is expected to go into operation in June this year.