China Unveils Giant 1,450-Ton God Of War Statue

July 14, 2016


I know, you were expecting Kratos. Me too. This is the giant 58-meter (~190 foot) tall Guan Yu statue recently unveiled in Guan Yu Park in Jingzhou, China. Guan Yu was a general during China's Three Kingdoms period and was later deified for his contributions to the kingdom. The entire statue weighs over 1,450 tons and his weapon, the Green Dragon Crescent Blade, weighs over 150 tons alone. That is a heavy weapon. Guan Yu is covered with over 4,000 strips of bronze and stands atop a 8,000 square meter (~86,000 square foot) museum. As I'm sure I've told you countless times, I'm about doing battle, but I'm not sure how I'd feel about squaring off against Guan Yu. I feel like he knows his stuff. He's probably not the kind of enemy that will fall for a "Hey -- what's that behind you?!" Which sucks because that's like my go-to. If I were a Street Fighter character that would be my signature move. Plus, okay, tag-teaming Goro from Mortal Kombat to fight for me. I will sit on a horse and watch him tear your arms off while I nibble a roasted turkey leg.

Keep going for several more pictures including construction.







Thanks to ALAN, who yelled his name at me because he was afraid I would get it wrong like the Starbucks employee who wrote 'Alien' on his cup.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Well nelsons column doesn't really seem quite as impressive now...

  • Matt


  • The_Wretched

    Someone has been playing too much World of Warcraft.

  • Michael Dustin Harrison

    Fun Fact: North Koreans built this! and most of the massive statues assembled in the last decade.

  • Jan Bergström

    Guan Yu is not regarded as God of War but rather God of Martial Spirit (He even let his biggest enemy run for his life one time..) The Romance of Three Kingdoms is a nice novel to start to learn about Chinese culture. The story is not only about a group of warlords hacking each other, but also clash of ideologies, loyalties and moralities. Plus there are lots of manga, anime (Japanese are crazy for three kingdoms), movies and games based on it.

  • Meh

    Fantastic statue wow.

  • Jenness

    Wow! We need more of these all over the world - not this particular one but I want a Poseidon one in my town.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I'd vote in favor of a Steely McBeam, God of the Steelers for daaaaahn-tahn Picksburgh. I don't really give a damn about sports. I just think it would look pretty cool to have an ominously large Steely McBeam that stands watch over the stadium. And... I vote if they move the stadium they have to build a new larger Steely statue. If for no other reason than the fact that'll prevent them from spending tax-payer money on another god damn stadium.

  • Jason Christopher

    As amazing as that statue is, I'm more shocked at how clear the air/sky looks in these photos. Only photos you ever see out of China are a smoggy mess.

  • Maio

    They are suspiciously clear!
    I guess the average day would look like the first two pics.
    The last one looks particularly fishy to me.

  • Jan Bergström

    Because western media are told to take smoggy photos in China.

  • Kaizer Chief

    Lucky for the media that they don't have to try very hard.

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