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Peasant Art Building – one of the strangest buildings in China

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A small town in Guangxi, China, is home to one of the strangest-looking buildings in all of country, a 10-storey behemoth that combine an assortment of architectural styles from all over the world.

In recent years, Xinxu Town, a small settlement close to Beiliu City, has become popular for a strange building that towers over the dozens of predominantly commercial buildings in the area.
Not only it is much taller than most other structures, but it also doesn’t adhere to any particular architectural style!
Most of its several spire-like towers feature Russian-inspired domes, the central spire is a Western-style bell tower, and there’s even a teapot-shaped fountain that, apparently, doesn’t make any kind of sense.
However Li Jiguang, its creator, who is a local farmer in Xinxu Town, is willing to spend a fortune to see it completed.
It seems that the man spent a whopping 15 million yuan (around $2.3 million) over the last seven years erecting basically “Guangxi’s weirdest building”.
Local authorities had plans to boost tourism by constructing an impressive landmark in the area and, when he proposed they provide him with a piece of land and allow him to make his vision a reality at his own expense, of course they agreed.

Li reportedly designed the weird building himself, and he plans to turn it into a tourist attraction where also local people can come to relax.
Unfortunately, after pouring a fortune into it, the building is still only 60 percent complete, with most of its interior still to be completed, as funds are currently limited, and so it will be a while until the project is finished.
However, because of its unusual design, and the way it stands out over the rest of the buildings in Xinxu Town, the so-called “Peasant Art Building” has already become a tourist attraction, and Li Jiguang has had to put up a warning to keep people out of his creation.

Despite it is still incomplete, the interior of the 30-meter-high building is just as much of an oddity as the outside.
The railing is done in a French style, some of the rooms feature Chinese culture-inspired sculptures, while others have a futuristic vibe, with brightly colored neon lights and LED screens.
Basically it is a meedley of styles and ideas that people struggle to make sense of and, actually, this is its main draw.
Either way, ever since photos and videos of the Peasant Art Building started showing up around the web, more and more people have started making a trip to Xinxu to see it for themselves.
Li Jiguang says peak numbers are hit during the Spring Festival when tens of thousands of people visit it in a single day!

Source and photos : news.ynet.com.

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