Hubei to spend 155m yuan to relocate controversial giant Guan Gong statue
The illegally built giant bronze Guan Gong statue in Jingzhou of Central China’s Hubei Province will be relocated to a new location after drawing criticism from authorities and the public because of its obtrusive size and incompatible appearance. The relocation plan, however, with an expenditure of 155 million yuan ($23.75 million), brought about even more controversies.
The statue weighs more than 1,200 tons and measures 57.3 meters in height. It was built in a theme park featuring Guan Gong (or Guan Yu), the renowned ancient Chinese general from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). The new site, Dianjiangtai, in the city, which is said to have been built by Guan Yu for military drills, is about eight kilometers away from the original site, thepaper.cn reported.
The relocation project will include disassembling, renovating the original site, installing and constructing the new site, and landscaping, according to an announcement on the official online approval and supervision platform for investment projects in Hubei.
Prior to that, China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development on October 8 criticized the giant statue for damaging the style and historical context of the ancient city Jingzhou, ordering the local government to rectify the project.