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Paint my love: Chinese rock climber creates portrait of her crush on famous cliff ... but is ordered to remove it

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 September, 2016, 12:41pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 September, 2016, 12:41pm

A Chinese woman has been ordered to remove a giant portrait of her crush that she painted on a famous cliff in eastern China.

The woman, from Taizhou in Zhejiang province, had scaled the 218-metre-tall Fanzheng Rock on the scenic Shenxianju Mountain in Xianju county to paint the portrait, Qianjiang Evening News reported.

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The portrait, which measured some seven metres, was of the avid rock climber’s crush, a fellow climber, according to the report.

The painting was visible only to rock climbers as they scaled the area, but authorities came to learn about it after photos of the artwork went viral on social media.

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The 37-year-old woman had worked on the portrait every weekend for the past two months, spending several hours each time scaling the cliff and painting while dangling from a rope, the report said.

She often even spent the night on the cliff, according to the report.

Scenery management authorities said the woman was very cooperative in their investigation into the matter and had promised to remove the painting soon.