China is Building 'Lord of the Rings' Skyscrapers!

In Chongqing, China, workers are building a trio of skyscrapers in a nod to J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece.

The complex, part of a 1.6 billion property project, is made up with three 107-metre- tall (350-foot-tall) high-rises and a massive ring-shaped corridor at the top - just like the Eye of Sauron atop the Dark Tower.  

Situated in Chongqing in south-western China, the architectural venture has been billed as 'The Lord of the Rings' towers by engineers in the Middle Kingdom in celebration of the fictional world of Middle-earth created by Tolkien.

'The Lord of the Rings' is translated as the 'Magic Ring Trilogy' in Chinese, and the crown jewel of the compound is its own 'magic ring', a gravity-defying circular glass corridor.

The observation deck weighs a whopping 2,060 tonnes and is suspended 99.8 metres (327 feet) above the ground, supported by the three towers. 

In order to transport it safely and on time, technicians used 15,300 metres (50,196 feet) of prestressed concrete steel strand and 12 hydraulic jacks, according to lead engineer Jiang Yourong.  

The impressive skyscraper complex will be used as offices upon completion. 

It is part of Chongqing's Xiantao Big Data Valley, a technology park covering two square kilometres (494 acres), or roughly two-thirds the size of Central Park in New York.

The technology park, with an overall budget of 14.4 billion yuan (1.6 billion), is set to be home to more than 350 companies and will also include flats and hotels.


Editor: Crystal Huang


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