Planet China

Plane crazy

While much recent controversy has surrounded the US sale of fighter planes to Taiwan, the Henan Business Daily has focused on another contentious jet. The aircraft in question sits astride a six lane highway in Hebei province. Perhaps more surprisingly it has done so for three full years. The ‘sculpture’ features a scrapped plane, and blocks Xincheng Street in Gaoyi County. The Henan Business Daily says it’s all to do with feng shui (for more on which see our last issue). Local rumour has it that a senior bureaucrat in Gaoyi got sick and a geomancer told him he’d recover if he blocked the road. The local authorities in turn claimed the plan was to build a pedestrianised area, but 36 months later and there are still no signs it is being built – which has convinced angry netizens that the road-blocking-plane really is less to do with urban planning and more about feng shui principles.


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