The Doomsday date of December 21, 2012 has people all over the world nervous in anticipation. One man in China has even spent his life savings to build a modern “Noah’s Ark” just in case the devastation includes massive flooding. The ark is designed by Chinese inventor Liu Qiyuan, in Xianghe, Hebei province. Liu, who has spent 1.8 million yuan ($288,000) on building six “Noah’s Ark”s in 8 months with the help of his former furniture factory’s workers, is working on his seventh pod. The 17 cubic-metre volume vessels were built to serve as lifeboats in the event of earthquakes, tsunamis and floods. If there is a world after 21 December the engineer plans to use the boat as a tourist attraction. So, another stop when you are able to visit China.

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

A worker welds steel bars as he constructs a spherical pod, named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

A spherical pod, named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu Qiyuan floats on a river during a test in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Chinese inventor Liu sits inside one of his spherical pods, named ”Noah's Ark”, in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

A worker welds steel bars as he constructs a spherical pod, named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Chinese inventor Liu climbs out of one of his spherical pods, named ”Noah's Ark”, in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Chinese inventor Liu walks past his spherical pods, named ”Noah's Ark”, in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

A spherical pod, named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu floats on a river during a test in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Chinese inventor Liu stands inside one of his spherical pods, named ”Noah's Ark”, in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Chinese inventor Liu Qiyuan stands inside his spherical pod named ”Noah's Ark” in Xianghe, Hebei province. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Workers participate in the construction of a spherical pod, named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Chinese inventor Liu speaks on his mobile phone as he sits in his spherical pod named ”Noah's Ark” in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Workers brush the surface of a spherical pod named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

A worker welds steel bars as he constructs a spherical pod, named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Workers move a tyre near spherical pods named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Chinese inventor Liu gestures in front of his spherical pod named ”Noah's Ark” in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

A worker cuts steel bars as he constructs a spherical pod, named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

A general view inside a spherical pod named ”Noah's Ark” designed by Chinese inventor Liu is seen in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Workers stir paint near spherical pods named ”Noah's Ark” designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Workers brush the surface of a spherical pod named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

A man stands on a bridge in front of a floating spherical pod named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Workers try to adjust the position of a spherical pod named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Chinese man builds Noah's Ark for preparing for end of the World

Workers brush the surface of a spherical pod named ”Noah's Ark”, designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

Dec 12, 2012