FUSHUN, CHINA – Look familiar? It looks like the Chinese have been reading St. Louis’ playbook. They are currently building a structure called the, “Ring Of Life”. The structure frames the skyline of the city much like the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial’s Gateway arch sets the tone for St. Louis.
The building has no special function other than sight seeing. Fushun Municipal Government officials say this building is being constructed for the view. You can take one of four elevators to the top of the ring.
The Chinese 515 foot circle is slightly smaller than the 630 foot arch but it is going to be much brighter. The ring will be decorated with 12,000 LED lights.
You could also compare it to the “Gateway to the West” in one other way. The ring is also a gateway to somewhere else. According to Fushun’s Urban Construction Bureau, the “Ring of Life” means “a round sky and a path leading to a paradise in heaven.”
Thwe circle also cost about 16 million dollars to build. The St. Louis arch is estimated to cost about 95 million in adjusted 2012 dollars.