GUANGZHOU, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — Studded with around 200,000 gems, a scale model of the Temple of Heaven is on display in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong Province.
The 1:50 model, which is 1.38 meters high and weighs 2.5 tonnes, has electric doors that can automatically open and close.
It is inlaid with precious metals, including gold, silver and platinum, as well as gemstones, including diamonds and red sapphires.
The dazzling model blends the traditional Chinese handicrafts of filigree mosaic, chiseling, and jade carving, most often used in modern jewelry manufacturing.
It took dozens of craftsmen four years to create the artwork, which was completed in 2007.
Built in 1420, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing was where Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors worshipped heaven for good harvests.
It was turned into a public park in 1918 after the fall of China’s final dynasty.
It covers an area of 270 hectares and is one of the largest existing architectural complexes in the world.