FACT CHECK: Viral picture of Hong Kong's monster building is edited

An image of a building is viral on social media. Users claim that this is the "monster building" located in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  5 July 2021 10:55 AM GMT
FACT CHECK:  Viral  picture of Hong Kongs monster building is edited

HYDERABAD: An image of a building is viral on social media. Users claim that this is the "monster building" located in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.

"The Monster Building #Quarry Bay, Hong Kong," reads the claim.

In the viral image the building seems to have multiple structures connected together.


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FACT CHECK:

The viral image is misleading as it has been edited.

Newsmeter performed a reverse image search and found the same picture on a photography website 'Yellow Korner'. The image was published by Tristan Zhou who is currently freelancing as a photographer in Seattle. The image is captioned: "The Monster Building Multiplied".

The artwork description clearly states that the photographer sometimes uses the illusion of composite images and post-production effects to create pictures. One such was the Monster Building in Hong Kong, whose size is magnified by superimposing two photographs.
The same image was also posted on Zhou's Instagram account on June 7, 2021. The caption clearly states that this image is a product of image editing.

The Monster Building, as it's been nicknamed by locals, isn't a single building, but an E-shaped complex composed of five connecting structures (unlike the viral image that shows more than five structures). Upon searching on Google Maps, we found the same building but not in an amplified manner as shown in the viral image.


The viral image is an edited product of a photographer and does not show the real image of the building.

The claim is misleading.

Claim Review:Image shows the real Monster building in Hong Kong
Claimed By:Facebook User
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Facebook
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
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