Normally when they’re short on time, construction workers might be tempted to cut corners but in China, faced with a race to get a new running track completed for an official visit, these innovative builders decided to do the opposite - sticking a right-angled left turn into their lovely new track.
The track was part of a major refurbishment of a 100,000 sq ft stadium in Heilongjiang province’s Tonghe County.
Bemused locals who’ve tried a lap on the track, told a local reporter for Newsnight, that they found the interesting decision: “Quite inconvenient.”
Another non-plussed local suggested the new take on turns might be designed “to prevent people from crashing into each other… for anti-collision.”
And the guys who built it? Well they quickly blamed their bosses.
“In order to get it ready for the leaders, we painted it like that. We think it is ugly too but if the leaders don’t ask us to change it, what are we supposed to do?”
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