World’s highest floating X-mas tree lit in Rio

Posted On December 6, 2006

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The world’s highest floating Christmas tree was lit on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.

The Christmas tree is 82-meters-high and weighs 450 tonnes. It is mounted on eleven floating blocks, each of which is 12 meters long and 3.4 meters wide. The tree is decorated with 2.8 million lamps connected by 35,000 pieces of wire. A computer keeps changing the light patters, and electricity is produced by six generators with the total capacity of 2,000 kilowatt.

This year the tree is decorated with 27 balls representing Brazilian states. Each ball contains the state’s best-known symbol. It is the Mount Sugar Loaf (Pao de Acucar) for Rio de Janeiro.

The Rio Christmas Tree was put on the Guinness Book of Records several years ago. The tree won’t be removed until the middle of January, but traverse the lake, lighting up in a different place each evening.

In the opinion of Brazilian financial company Bradesco Seguros, which supervises the Christmas tree project, the tree is the third most popular tourist attraction in the city. The top two are the carnival and the New Year celebrations on the Copacabana embankment.