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China enters record books for world's largest umbrella

A giant umbrella measuring close to 23 meters in diameter, and 14.4 meters in height has been created by a Chinese firm, and in doing so has set a new Guinness World Record for becoming the world's largest umbrella.

The previous record was set in India in 2010, but has finally been dethroned by the umbrella company in east China's Jiangxi Province unveiling their world-beating construction!


The umbrella has been officially certificated by Chinese representatives of Guinness World Records this week in Xingzi County of Jiangxi.

As you would expect, black umbrellas of this size aren’t the lightest of things. This creation weighs 5.7 tons (5,700 kg) and is situated in the centre of a plaza which covers an area of 418 square meters.

The previous world record was achieved by an umbrella with dimensions of 17.06 meters in diameter and 10.97 meters in height.

This can be backed up by the website of Guinness World Records, which states the umbrella was indeed 17.06 m (56 ft.) in diameter and is 10.97 m (36 ft.) tall, and was made by Max New York Life Insurance. This particular umbrella was unveiled at Ishanya Mall at Pune, India, on August 14, 2010, coming in at a weight of 2,200 kg.

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