Old Chinese Woman Builds Spectacular Pottery Castle

By Rachel Deason, November 17, 2016

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How much would you spend to make your dream a reality? For one woman in China’s Jiangxi province, the answer is an easy RMB6 million. 

The woman, surnamed Yu, has been a pottery enthusiast since the age of 12 and made a promise to her young self to build a full-sized pottery castle when she grew up. Finally, at the age of 86, she has fulfilled that promise. 

Pottery Castle in China

Working in the porcelain industry since her initial apprenticeship at age 12, Yu spent her life collecting 60,000 pieces of porcelain pottery. She used all of them in building the castle, put together from plans Ms. Yu drew up herself. 

The castle is made of three layers, the first of blue and white ceramic, the second of famille-rose porcelain, and the third a mix of the two. When asked about her inspiration for the project, Yu admitted that she had seen a similar castle in Tianjin. 

Potter Castle China

Although RMB6 million seems like a lofty price to pay, it appears Yu’s investment is paying off. After five years of construction, she opened the castle to the public as a porcelain museum. The attraction has since drawn tourists from all over the world to her small village of Xinping, part of the city of Jingdezhen, which is often referred to as China’s pottery capital due to its history of porcelain making dating back to the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). 

Pottery Castle China

Now that Yu has completed her life’s project, is she done? Not even close! She told local media she hopes to build several similar castles in the future. 

Pottery Castle China

Pottery Castle China

Pottery Castle China

[Images via Daily Mail, China News]

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