Chinese rooftop 'birdcage' to be knocked down
BEIJING (AFP) - A giant steel and mesh "birdcage" that caps the uppermost level of a building in China has been ordered dismantled, state media reported, in the latest rooftop architectural oddity in the country.
The structure wraps around the fourth storey of the building in the southern city of Guangzhou, complete with a giant hook coming out of the top, and with what appears to be a rock cliff to one side.
Local officials in Bantang district ordered it demolished, the Nanfang Daily newspaper reported, adding the building was only authorised to be three levels high and neighbours had expressed concerns about falling stones.
The paper quoted the owner of a teahouse on the ground floor saying that he had only rented his premises for a month and the "birdcage" structure was his landlord's work.