It took long enough, but it’s finally over. Oh, we’re not talking about a complicated or important new law here, or anything that would actually benefit the people. We are obviously talking about the huge, really huge statue of an ancient Chinese warrior. YUP, the Chinese government decided this really big sculpture of Guan Yu in the Hubei Province, Jingzhou city, is the most important thing to complete now.
The statue’s presence alone has been enough to welcome many tourists and even people who live nearby to come out and admire its beauty and glory.
Sina, a local news report explains that the Guan Yu build in Jingzhou Guan Yu Park area was originally planned to be about the idea of righteousness and not something else. But still, right there in the center of the park, stands Yu himself, a whopping 48 meters tall, on a 10 meter tall pedestal.
For those unfamiliar with ancient Chinese history, Guan Yu, also know as Lord Guan was a heroic Chinese general from the Three Kingdoms period. He was immortalized in one of China’s most famous books and turned into a god. Although his physical appearance is lost in historical records, he is remembered as a robust man with a long beard.
The huge thing is made from more than 4,000 bronze stripes that cover the entire 1,320 ton sculpture. In his right hand Ju holds its famous axe weapon called the “Green Dragon Crescent Blade.” That alone weighs a staggering 136 tons, as reported by news organization CCTV News.
The statue was built to resemble an retro warship. Standing tall and symbolising pride on his ship of war, Guan Yu is portrayed as an epic warrior, who is ready to take on anyone and the entire world to protect the land.
Soon, tourists can trek up the staircase and into the pedestal to visit and explore the 8,000 square meter Guan Yu build Museum inside.
The final display has caused various reactions, some impressed by its majestic appearance and others left not too happy:
One person asked, “I think this statue is a complete waste of time and money, why does it have to be so huge?”
Another individual argued, “I doubt Guan Yu would approve of the fact that the government splashed out so much cash on constructing this sculpture. He advocated “justice” for the entire society.”
One web user even commented, “From what I’ve gathered, the statue has brought many advantages, such as stimulating the economy and promoting Chinese culture. I don’t see why people are so upset about this.”