Chinese Farmers Build Birds Nest Stadium Out of Bamboo

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The Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed "The Bird's Nest," has already become an icon in the country of 1.3 billion. But for some farmers close to Hangzhou (located in the southeast of China), the Herzog & de Meuron structure was just too darn far away... so in a fit of DIY ingenuity, they built their own replica out of bamboo. Steel's apparently kind of hard to get when you're living on a couple of dollars a day.

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Illustration for article titled Chinese Farmers Build Birds Nest Stadium Out of Bamboo

Altogether, it took ten bamboo sculptors roughly two weeks to put together the Bird's Nest (at a 1:20 scale of the Beijing original) out of 800 pieces of bamboo. The villagers say they plan to use the structure for local sports events. Hmmm... As cool as this DIY structure is, I'm not sure what kind of sport you'd be able to fit in it. Ping pong? [Shufa via Weird Asia News]

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And just for comparison, the Beijing Stadium:

Illustration for article titled Chinese Farmers Build Birds Nest Stadium Out of Bamboo

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@RamV10: "You should just be glad you didn't make that statement in the presence of a farmer, because if you had, he (or she) would beat you senseless."

Nice people then!

I am grateful for the food the farmers of this country produce. However, I am not grateful for the politics of farming. I don't believe the $16 billion/year paid by Farm Bills benefits either farmers or the tax-payer in the long term. Why can't a free market work for food (as you probably know, there were no farm subsidies prior to 1933)?

Western agricultural subsidies are also contribute to keeping much of the developing world in debt (and having to rely on our handouts). Frequently it is cheaper to buy imported, subsidized US and European food, over domestically produced food in Africa. As a result, local farmers are forced out of business and those countries can never pick themselves up.

p.s. Note that I said "the large farming corporations". There's a big difference between a political powerhouse like Cargill and the actual, hard-working farmers.