When it comes to big moves, it's only a matter of time before a record is broken -- and this time, the honor goes to one particularly mammoth building in the Guangxi Province of China. The Fu Gang building is the current record holder in the book of Guinness World Records for the heaviest structure moved intact.
The multi-story building weighs 15,140 tons, or 33.3 million pounds, and began heading to its new location on Nov. 10, 2004. Although it was only moved a total of 118 feet (36 meters), the entire process took 11 days to complete [source: Guinness World Records].
Few of the Fu Gang relocation details have been made public, but there are still plenty of reasons for its move to make our list. For starters, there's our sheer appreciation of the coordination and planning it must have required to move a building that weighed that much. How long will it take to break the Fu Gang's record? The big moves on this list show that it's only a matter of time and determination.
To learn about more feats of structural moving, take a look at the links below.
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- Johnson, Bruce. "House Weight." All Experts. July 20, 2007. (Jan. 24, 2012) http://en.allexperts.com/q/Building-Homes-Extensions-2333/House-weight.htm
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- National Park Service. "Moving the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse." (Jan. 23, 2012) http://www.nps.gov/caha/historyculture/movingthelighthouse.htm
- Port Authority. "Historic, 5,000-ton Newark International Airport Terminal making a 3,700-foot trip to new site." March 28, 2001. (Jan. 23, 2012) http://www.panynj.gov/press-room/press-item.cfm?headLine_id=36
- Texas Crane. "A Guiness Record." (Jan. 24, 2012) http://www.texascrane.com/info_faqs/guiness.shtml
- Wright, Elizabeth. "Belle Tout: The Little Lighthouse that Moved." Time Travel Britain. (Jan. 24, 2012) http://www.timetravel-britain.com
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