Chinese City Builds A Stargate to Nowhere

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Chinese City Builds A Stargate to Nowhere

Chinese officials state the huge ring of steel's purpose is purely for "tourism".

There is certainly precedent for building large monuments that serve no other purpose than to impress the world. There's the Pyramids at Giza, of course, and the Colossus of Rhodes. In modern times you could say the St. Louis Arch, Mt. Rushmore and London's Millennium Eye fit that bill. The Chinese city of Fushun is putting the finishing touches on a similar structure - a 157 meter high "halo" made of 3,000 tons of steel called the Ring of Life. Critics are upset about the waste of materials and labor needed to create the building, but perhaps there's another purpose in mind.

A Chinese official from Fushun named Xia Hongjun said the city had difficulty building entertainment facilities because of the relatively small population of Fushun. Its total of 1.3 million people only ranks Fushun as China's 75th largest city. I suppose that many people is small potatoes to the Chinese, so Fushun's municipal government built the Ring of Life to encourage tourism. Four elevators will be installed in the building to bring sightseers up to the top.

Ok, sure. Tourism. But from where?

I'm not outright accusing China of building a portal to allow aliens to invade Earth, but how can we be sure that's not what they have in mind? I don't see any glyphs or markings on the Ring of Life, but that doesn't mean they aren't there. Is China completing a secret Stargate program based on years of study in wormhole physics since discovering a Stargate in the Himalayas? That would be preposterous, because there's no known source of naquadah on Earth ... unless the Chinese are trading with the Goa'uld?!

Man, this conspiracy just keeps getting better and better.

Source: Cri-English

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I don't see any chevrons for dialing up. We should be okay. At best, this is like a cargo cult recreating a landing strip.

I for one welcome our new alien overlords.

Lets be honest here, if you were building a giant portal to herald the alien invasion, you'd damn sure claim it was 'just for show' until it was too late as well.

I totally trust the Chinese to not lie to us in any way about the true function of this device. Due to the previous track record of unfailing truthiness the Chinese have thus far displayed, I have no choice but to accept their declaration of intent as legitimate and not a cover operation for their attempts to corner the market on extraterrestrial materials.

Greg Tito:
There is certainly precedent for building large monuments that serve no other purpose than to impress the world. There's the Pyramids at Giza, of course, and the Colossus of Rhodes. In modern times you could say the St. Louis Arch, Mt. Rushmore and London's Millennium Eye fit that bill.

That's silly. The pyramids were vitally important for Egyptian burial ceremonies, the Colossus was an appeal to the gods and the London Eye is a perfectly good ferris wheel.

Anyway, I can just see how they'll manage to run into trouble. Big shiny ring? Can't imagine how that could ever go wrong.

So when are they building the other two rings that will rotate around so we can drop Jodie Foster into it?

Quaxar:

Greg Tito:
There is certainly precedent for building large monuments that serve no other purpose than to impress the world. There's the Pyramids at Giza, of course, and the Colossus of Rhodes. In modern times you could say the St. Louis Arch, Mt. Rushmore and London's Millennium Eye fit that bill.

That's silly. The pyramids were vitally important for Egyptian burial ceremonies, the Colossus was an appeal to the gods and the London Eye is a perfectly good ferris wheel.

Anyway, I can just see how they'll manage to run into trouble. Big shiny ring? Can't imagine how that could ever go wrong.

And Mt. Rushmore and the St. Louis Arch are commemorations of important things in American history. But hey, if one fictional universe is actually real, other than Star Trek, Stargate's is a really good one to have. I guess.

It's clearly for Apophis when he arrives in 2036. He needs to transport his slaves.

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Maybe it's not a Stargate and Fushun just has an exceptionally high concentration of Kazuyoshi Katayama fanboys :P

Falterfire:
I totally trust the Chinese to not lie to us...

The first thing in the article I question is the "population of 1.3 million" part. Chinese media will lie about damn near anything, and often not very well. Take a good hard look at the shot with the double cranes... All of the buildings behind it have active construction cranes on them. This points towards the ghost city thing China has been doing for at least a couple years; adding an absurd tourist attraction to a city no one lives in makes total sense!

The earliest solid article I could find quickly was from July 2010, but there's scattered data that China has been building unnecessary districts and cities as early as 2005.

Boggles the mind... Part of me wants to stockpile popcorn for when that house-of-cards finally collapses, but the rest of me worries that it'll take the rest of the world down with it.

Greg Tito:

There is certainly precedent for building large monuments that serve no other purpose than to impress the world. There's the Pyramids at Giza,

which were landing sites for alien spacecraft...

It's either a Stargate or one of those weird Dyson bladeless fans.

Darn it! This only reminds of the pain at having no new Stargate on TV!

It looks like a giant, stainless steel cock ring. Compensating for something, Fushun?

Also, this news is just in time for my annual Christmas Stargate SG-1 marathon.

Its a HALO
Theyre gonna kill everyone on Earth

Yu wrote a really funny article there Greg.

Also for anyone wanting more stargate:

http://www.sggaminginfo.com/2012/11/new-stargate-game-in-production/

StraightToHeck:
It's either a Stargate or one of those weird Dyson bladeless fans.

And what is the purpose of the giant fan? To create hurricanes. What we are seeing here is a new Chinese super weapon, perfectly disguised as a tourist attraction. You turn on the giant fan for a day and a month later a hurricane forms halfway around the world. And the best part? It is impossible to trace the hurricane back to China.

It is the perfect weapon for the modern super power. You don't want to destroy the competition, just weaken them. One by one every nation in the world will turn to China for economic relief as their own economy has been crippled due to "unfortunately" timed hurricanes. In only a few years China will be the world's greatest economic power. In less than a decade China will have purchased the entire world and everything in it for a pittance.

By the time anyone realizes what is actually happening, it will be too late.

It is not a stargate, just a weather control device. They have on in the Midwest US.

On a marginally related note, the Chinese took the Russian AK-47 and made their own knockoff:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_56_assault_rifle
The only difference? The tip of the sights are a full circle instead of the original half-circle.

It seems they took the St Louis Arch and felt like making that a full circle as well.

This gets a resounding 'Meh'. It's no Escalator to Nowhere.

Nah, they just needed a way to get off Earth once Japan activates their Gundam. :p

I miss Stargate <:*(

Universe was just beginning to get back the mix of action, humour, and high-concept that made the other shows so good, and then they cancelled it. Of course, Universe itself was totally bloody unnecessary, since it started off as essentially a less entertaining ripoff of Atlantis.

They need to make a new Stargate series, and Star Trek as well while they're at it, TV sci-fi is pish at the moment.

Magichead:
I miss Stargate <:*(

Universe was just beginning to get back the mix of action, humour, and high-concept that made the other shows so good, and then they cancelled it. Of course, Universe itself was totally bloody unnecessary, since it started off as essentially a less entertaining ripoff of Atlantis.

They need to make a new Stargate series, and Star Trek as well while they're at it, TV sci-fi is pish at the moment.

Indeed. What do we have now anyway, warehouse 13 on Scifi(it is not syfy)? I remember when Scifi was a an oasis for science fiction fans, now it is just as much a desert as the rest of television.

Stop reminding me that there will be no new stargate thing stop reminding me that the franchise is dead

Watch more Stargate. It's not a regular Stargate its a Super-gate. It doesn't need glyphs, or a DHD. Also, its used to bring in motherships. I think Doomsday was off by a couple of weeks.

So. Much. Wasted. Steel.
This makes me angry >:(

That's like the world's biggest goatse photo opportunity just waiting to be taken.

China made a thing ... that looks like another thing from a movie I watched and barely remember back in the 90s?
Yay? i guess?

Weird architecture in China? Who would've guessed! You should see that beer opener building in Shanghai.

I wouldn't be surprised if the whole thing was just the result of some backroom deal between local officials and construction companies that wanted some extra work.

Absolutionis:
On a marginally related note, the Chinese took the Russian AK-47 and made their own knockoff:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_56_assault_rifle
The only difference? The tip of the sights are a full circle instead of the original half-circle.

It seems they took the St Louis Arch and felt like making that a full circle as well.

AK knockoffs are more about convenience for domestic production than an exercise in creativity.

Skeleon:
I don't see any chevrons for dialing up. We should be okay. At best, this is like a cargo cult recreating a landing strip.

Maybe they do the dialy thing that some of the other Stargates we've seen use. No direct DHD or true Chevrons, just symbols that light up when activated. A Stealthgate, as it is.

Twilight_guy:
Watch more Stargate. It's not a regular Stargate its a Super-gate. It doesn't need glyphs, or a DHD. Also, its used to bring in motherships. I think Doomsday was off by a couple of weeks.

there's still time for them to dial in before the end of the day (from the perspective of the Mayans' locale).

It does look really cool this though. I want one.

EVEN china doesn't have enough power to fire up a city sized super stargate
so when they announce the building of 30 nuclear power plants around it.. be scared

i figured it was a reverse dyson wind generator when i saw the picture
but meh? it just does nothing.. how boring

Just like chinese is colonizing africa to dig gold and diamosn, its going to colonize alien planets to di naquda (speling?)

Wow. That's about one hours ride from me! I'm gonna go see it lulz.

Fushun has only 1 major tourist attraction and that's a water park, it is mostly know for being an 'industrial' city. Also dirty. Actually, many of the NE cities are making programs to attract new kinds of revenue by being more touristy, as the construction sector slows down and more blue collar jobs need to be made to keep unemployment from rising locally.

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