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Lifting of huge bus terminal breaks Guinness World Record

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: Sep 20, 2019


It's a turning point for the Houxi Long Distance Bus Station, in Xiamen in Fujian province. The entire structure was rotated 90 degrees to make way for a new high-speed railway station. [Photo/xmnn.cn]

The entire building of the Houxi Long Distance Bus Station in Xiamen in Fujian province was lifted up and rotated 90 degrees without dismantling the structure  – a feat which on Sept 6 broke the Guinness World Record for the longest arc rotation of a pivoted building. 

Built in 2015, the 30,000-ton station – the equivalent of two Brooklyn Bridges – was moved in April to make way for a new high-speed railway station. 

The world record feat of engineering took more than a month to complete. 

Workers first dug the soil out between the building's old and new locations, then placed hydraulic jacks under the 5-storied structure to pivot it along an arc. 

"The first goal was to ensure the safety of the original structure," said Wei Xinhai, project leader of the Xiamen Port Construction Co. 

Wei added that despite the horizontal rotation of 90 degrees, not even a single piece of glass in the bus station was damaged. 

"The second goal was to meet the construction schedule of the Fuzhou-Xiamen high-speed railway, which has been put on track," Wei said.