Worried about the impending 2012 doomsday, a Chinese man named Lu Zhenghai has reportedly spent his life savings on the construction of his very own Noah’s Ark. According to China News Service, Lu who is a resident of Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China, has already spent about $160,000 on the boat.
The giant vessel, designed by Lu himself, measures about 65 feet in length and will weigh about 80 tons upon completion. Lu said that he began constructing his ark in 2010 out of fear that a ‘doomsday’ flood would threaten his family’s survival. ‘So I took all my savings and invested in the construction of this boat,’ he said. ‘When the time comes, everyone can take refuge in it.’
Even if the apocalypse does not take place, Lu still has plenty of plans for his boat. He hopes that the vessel can be used for tourist attraction and sightseeing. It can also be used as a ferry.