Thursday, 29. January 2015
17. 04. 13. - 16:00
It is being hailed in China as the ninth wonder of the world after a man at Jilin city in Northeastern China's Jilin Province left the tap on all winter – creating this spectacular frozen waterfall.
Wen Hsu, 58, had lived on the seventh floor of the property scheduled for demolition to make way for a new shopping centre for 35 years and when developers managed to buy all the other flats in the building - he was left as the only resident.
As winter approached and it got colder Hsu was worried that the uninsulated water pipes running up through the unused and unheated flats below him would freeze, leaving him without running water. So in order to keep the temperature of the pipes above freezing he simply switched on the tap – and then diverted the warm water to flow down the side of the building.
He said: "The water running into the pipe is from underground where it is above freezing and that is stopping the water pipes in my house from freezing. If that had happened I really would have had to move out. They want me to move but what they were offering was not enough for me to get another place so I'm refusing to leave. I don't have anywhere to go anyway."
Ironically the spectacular waterfall has drawn attention to his case in national media and council officials are now urging developers to settle the matter so that the project can move on.
Hsu said: "The weather is warmer now so there is no danger of the pipes freezing – although I think it might take awhile for the waterfall to melt. In any case I understand the developers may be prepared to make me a better offer now – I hope so. It is very lonely here in my apartment with nobody else around."
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