Great Wall of China recreated in spectacular sculpture of 100,000 balloons

By Echo Zhan

A gigantic balloon sculpture of the Great Wall of China brought ancient and modern landmarks together when it was unveiled at the Canton Tower.

The Great Wall emerged around the Tower on 22 February, successfully setting the Guinness World Records title for the largest balloon sculpture of a landmark.

This unique balloon Great Wall has a total length, width, and height exceeding 39 metres (127.95 ft), consisting of three watchtowers and two corridors.

It utilized traditional balloon binding techniques with a cross structure, and was made up of a whopping 100,000 golden balloons.


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The assembly, completed by 20 balloon artists over three days, presented a spectacular fusion of historical and modern landmarks.

The appearance of the "Balloon Great Wall" not only brought together two iconic structures from different eras but also added a captivating scenic attraction to Guangzhou, drawing numerous visitors.

According to the venue manager of the Canton Tower, this challenge marked the first event after the Lunar New Year in 2024, carrying significant meaning.

Initiated by the China Senior Health Association and organized by the 21st Century Business Herald, the challenge aimed to leverage the positive image of the Great Wall as a symbol of "protection and defense."


Coinciding with the third Shingles Awareness Week, the event called on middle-aged and elderly individuals to actively build their own immune "Great Wall" to protect their health.

Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster, is an infectious skin disease caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus. With over 90% of adults carrying the virus, about one-third of people may experience it during their lifetime.

The organizers hope that through this challenge, more attention will be drawn to elderly health, encouraging proactive prevention to help seniors enjoy their golden years and contribute to the early realization of healthy aging goals.


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