In China, An Inflatable Moon Just Wreaked Havoc On A Busy City

The moon’s pretty great, right? There’s nothing quite as awe-inspiring as looking up into the night sky and seeing the moon in all its glory.

That is, unless, you happen to find yourself in the Chinese coastal city of Fujian. Earlier this week, Typhoon Meranti touched ground. Meteorologists have declared it the most powerful storm of 2016 so far. Since making landfall, it has battered coastal cities and caused massive flooding.

Inflatable moon installationA giant inflatable moon has been filmed rolling across the streets of Fujian in south-east China, as Typhoon Meranti made landfall.

Meranti, rated the most powerful storm in the world this year, caused floods in coastal cities but there have been no reports of casualties so far.

That is, not unless you include this moon balloon, which was initially part of an installation for this year’s Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, celebrated across East Asia when the moon is at its fullest.

The balloon was captured rolling and bouncing its way across streets and car parks, over cars and pedestrians.

GIF: Inflatable moon rolling along Chinese streets (Twitter: China Xinhua News)

It is unclear whether anyone was injured or how much damage was caused by the balloon.

Tens of millions of people live in China’s coastal cities in the path of the storm, and some urban centres have been inundated by floodwater.

But Meranti has weakened from the category five super typhoon that swept parts of southern Taiwan on Wednesday, bringing 300-kilometre winds and causing major power cuts.