China's Giant First Emperor Falls, Flattening Its Face 'Like a Pancake'

Workers had to rescue a giant statue of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang that fell flat on its face due to strong gale winds over the weekend.

The giant monument, which is made of bronze but hollow inside, stood on a pedestal in Binzhou, a city in China's eastern Shandong province. Despite its 62-foot height and six-ton weight, it proved no match for the strong winds sweeping the area

A crane and an excavator were used to bring the statue away from the site for repairs, Chinese media reported describing how the fall flattened the emperor's likeness "like a pancake."

An article about the incident was published in the English-language tabloid Global Times, which is affiliated with the Communist Party's official newspaper People's Daily.

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This photo taken on April 7, 2018 shows workers lifting a toppled statue of China's first emperor 'Qin Shi Huang' in Binzhou in China's eastern Shandong province. -/AFP/Getty Images

The emperor himself would not have liked the humiliation of losing face. He had a reputation for tyranny and cruelty, castrating and enslaving the people of the territories he conquered with his formidable army. The products of his conquest around 221-206 BC make up much of modern China's heartland, and gave the country its first imperial family, the Qin dynasty.

The emperor, who also initiated the construction of the Great Wall of China, is honored with a mausoleum near the city of Xian in the northwestern Shaanxi Province. The site is perhaps best known for the army of terracotta fighters meant to be guarding his tomb who, in posterity, have become also more famous than the emperor himself.

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This photo taken on September 7, 2015 shows a statue of China's first emperor 'Qin Shi Huang' before strong winds in April 2018 smashed the monument to the ground. -/AFP/Getty Images

The statue caught in the unfortunate accident is, however, a more recent installation, built in 2005 to attract more tourism to the area, according to Agence France Press.

The emperor's monument isn't the only structure that suffered damages due to inclement weather in the country. Last month, the roof of Nanchang Changbei airport, in the southeastern part of the country, partially collapsed as heavy storms and gust winds of up to 83 miles per hour battered the area.