"This 157 meter high building named "Ring of Life" cost around a hundred million RMB ($16 million USD) and used 3,000 tons of steel, but is it really a piece of architecture or are China expecting some visitors?"
Ring Of Life - Super Structure from China
Searching "Chinese ring of life" brings all sorts of photos of the beautiful structure, which really does look out of place surrounded by ugly concrete block buildings:
and articles calling it a useless structure
Orient Excess: Chinese spend £10million building 500-foot loop of steel that does absolutely nothing
- The enormous ring emerging in Fushun city, northeast China, has been designed to be a viewing platform
- The monument, known as the Ring of Life, is made up of 3,000 tonnes of steel and decorated with 12,000 LED lights
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234442/Orient-Excess-Chinese-spend-10billion-building-500-foot-loop-steel.html#ixzz2F7xfijjM
THIS article from China says:
The name "Ring of Life" means a round sky and a path leading to a paradise in heaven, said an article on the official website of the Fushun Municipal Government.
In response to some critics who say the building is not practical, Xia Hongjun, a senior local official in Fushun, said "Ring of Life" is designed as landscape architecture and four elevators will be installed for sightseeing.
Officials with the Urban Construction Bureau of Fushun explained they gave up on creating entertainment projects because the local population is too small. Thus, the landmark building is only for sightseeing.
"four elevators will be installed..." WILL be installed? Granted, maybe they do things differently in China, but in every building I've ever seen constructed here (and my family is in construction) the elevator is an integral to the construction process. Just sayin'
I have no idea what this very elegant ring's real purpose is, but given the fact that it's not the first bizarre structure that has been built in China, you have to wonder what's going on.
We have very weird structures in the Gobi desert:
Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of the Desert?
And the National Theatre in Beijing :
Beijing National Grand Theatre
National Grand Theatre guide and ticketsReviews:
The National Grand Theatre, also known as Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts (Chinese Name : 国家大剧院), surround by artificial lake, the spectacular glass and the titanium egg-shaped Opera House, designed by French architect Paul Andreu, Its seats 5,452 people in theatres: the middle is Opera house, the east is Concert hall, and the west is Drama theatre.
The dome measures 212 meters in east-west direction, 144 meters in north-south direction, and is 46 meters high. The main entrance is at the north side. Guests arrive in the building after walking through a hallway that goes underneath the lake.
I have theories about China..... but they're only theories and the one person who might know keeps side stepping the questions, lol, so for now I guess they remain just unproven theories.