Urumqi ‘Flying Apsara’ Sculpture Derided as Ugly By Netizens

The "Flying Apsaras".

A "Flying Apsara" sculpture in Urumqi, China mocked as ugly by Chinese netizens.

From IFeng:

18-Meter High “Flying Apsara” Flower-Decorated Sculpture Appears in Urumchi

August 13, the newly completed, tallest, and largest flower-decorated sculpture at the intersection of Santunbei Bahaer Road in Urumqi of Xinjiang province, the “Flying Apsara“, has drawn attention and heated discussion from netizens nationwide. Some think the sculpture’s design is new and original, while others think the woman at the top of the sculpture should be beautified.

A "Flying Apsara" sculpture in Urumqi, China mocked as ugly by Chinese netizens.

On Sina Weibo:

@华商晨报: 18-Meter Tall “Fly Apsara” Sculpture Creates Controversy: Urumqi’s newly completed “Flying Apsara” sculpture is covered with heavy makeup and color, with silk ribbons and colorful balls hung around its body. According to some netizens’ opinion, there is some disparity between the aesthetic standards of the city management department and the aesthetic standards of the masses. A spokesperson for the government department responsible says, from a professional perspective, the “Flying Apsara” model may be considered relatively plump, and the overall proportions are very good. From Do you think it looks good? [想一想]

A "Flying Apsara" sculpture in Urumqi, China mocked as ugly by Chinese netizens.

Comments from Sina Weibo:


Good thing it’s tall, [because] if were short, having to look at this face every day would scare people to death… [黑线]


Looks familiar, often seen at funerals. [思考]


The city’s image has instantly become corny/kitschy~ Good.[得意地笑]


Looks like one of those paper women you burn for the dead [in Chinese tradition, people burn stuff like money, houses, cars, clothes, servants, etc. — which are all made of paper — for the deceased, with the idea that the deceased could use these things in their world].


It looks like a shoddy inflatable doll.


Unbelievably ugly, utterly frightening.


From this we can see the government has truly decided to correct the real estate market… residential buildings are right next to it…


Leaving whether it’s beautiful or ugly aside, why are those arms so short?


It embodies the uneven distribution of aesthetic taste between the people and leaders of our country. Truly shockingly hilarious!


The Coolest Ethnic Trend [偷笑]


So gluing on a paper doll is art? Truly JB disgusting, it’d have been better if they had put one of those dragons made by the funeral service people instead.


So ugly! This is no Flying Apsara, it’s crap.


It’s not that the leader has bad aesthetic taste, but rather that the person who made this thing is probably his relative.


People who live in the residential buildings behind [the sculpture], do you not have nightmares at night? My deepest sympathies…


“The government department responsible”? “From a professional perspective”? Could there be anything more disgusting? [衰]


The ZF truly has more money than they know what to do with. They either support foreign countries [with the money], or they make things like this for the ordinary common people to make fun of.


Definitely unique aesthetic taste! But they’re probably not satisfied with the boobs, too small.


Ah haha haha haha, so hilarious, it’s ugly enough, I like it!


It proves that not only fairies can fly up to the sky, but prostitutes too.


Probably based on a leader’s mistress, a little plump!


It’s undoubtedly based on a Chongqing pageant winner.


Rape your eyes, rape your mind, maybe rape your ears, too…[怒] I didn’t drink alcohol, but I’m a little sick…


So ugly-looking, feels like I’m in North Korea.


When Christmas comes, just cut the top half off, replace it with a star and it’s a Christmas tree, so economical!


Ultraman‘s sister salutes you!


From what planet is this aesthetic taste from?


The idea is good, but the result is tragic~


…Is this used to wake up and keep driver’s alert? [lt陰險]

A "Flying Apsara" sculpture in Urumqi, China mocked as ugly by Chinese netizens.


Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.


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