GUIYANG, CHINA — Don’t go chasing waterfalls because they may just end up leading you to a man-made skyscraper.
This would be the case in Guiyang, China, where the world’s largest artificial waterfall has made its debut. But its height, though impressive, isn’t what makes this cascade of water unique – it’s the fact that it begins and ends at a 121-metre-tall steel and concrete office building.
The 108-metre-tall waterfall spouts from the upper floors of the new Liebian International Plaza, a mixed-use building that’s home to a hotel, shopping mall and offices.
But don’t expect to see this man-made spectacle every day; according to local officials, the waterfall will only be turned on for 20 minutes at a time during special events.
As you can imagine, switching on the waterfall isn’t as simple as turning on the tap. It takes about two hours of prep time, reports CNN Travel, with 185-kilowatt water pumps working tirelessly to recycle water from an underground storage system.
Total cost to run the whole thing for just one hour? RMB800, or US$118, in electricity bills.
We’re not sure if Mother Nature would approve, but tourists are sure to get a kick out of it (if they’re lucky enough to see it in the first place, that is).