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When the owners of the Vanke Songhua Lake Resort in China’s Jilin province decided to add a man-made element to their resort with almost 20 miles of slopes, they turned to Beijing-based META-Project to create an overlook and observatory that would add to the entire experience without detracting from the focus. Enter “Stage of Forest,” the viewing platform, overlook, event space and observatory that rises above the picturesque surroundings on a concrete base. With cedar shingles, a unique triangular design of a reminiscent of a falling leaf and wide panoramic views of the people enjoying the slopes below, this is a structure the blends into its surroundings while also standing out from the from the snow-capped landscape below. Between the picturesque views, the portholes in the floor and all the beautiful intersections of wood, concrete and glass, this is a structure that begs to be explored.

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Whether you’re trying to refine your archery skills or just get a leg up on the competition when it comes to office warfare, the BB Sniper mini crossbow from Uncommon Carry will fit the bill. Handmade out of stainless steel and equipped with a self-loading chamber, the BB Sniper is designed to hurl projectiles like toothpicks or mini BBs with surprising accuracy at a range of about 30-50 feet. Make sure to schedule some time for target practice because this addictive little crossbow can do some damage. Have fun, but avoid the sensitive areas.