Chinese skyscraper features 350-foot waterfall

Residents in Guiyang city, south-west China thought they were imagining things when they saw a massive waterfall cascading out of a high-rise building in the middle of the street. Like a mirage out of nowhere, the towering artificial waterfall stands 108 metres (350 feet) tall on the outside of Liebian Building located at a public plaza in the city's central business district. A large tank is installed at the foot of the 121-meter (397-foot) high skyscraper, where four 185-kilowatt pumps lift the water to the top of the fall.

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+3 1. Derpgeek commented 83 days ago

Nearby houses must love that water mist floating around. Hot, 99% humidity & water mist... great. :)
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+5 2. Judge-Jake commented 83 days ago

4 x 185 kw pumps, that's 740.000 watts an hour, at UK rates that's around £148 an hour £3552 a day, £184,707 a year, presume it's solar powered. Feel sorry for the window cleaner although he wouldn't need to keep coming down to fill his bucket 8-)

.......UPDATE apparently it only costs £89 an hour to run and it's only switch on on special occasions. :(|)
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+3 3. ComentAtor commented 83 days ago

'Our building has a four-storey underground water storage and drainage system, from which the water is pumped and recycled,' Mr Cheng said.
The electricity bill for just one hour of operation is a whopping 800 yuan (£89), he added.
'That's why we don't switch on the waterfall every day - only for special festivities in the city,' he said.
And each time, the waterfall is set to run for only about 10 to 20 minutes to save electricity.

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0 4. thundersnow commented 79 days ago

But ingenious and very aesthetic! :)