Yao's figure, dressed in his Houston Rocket's uniform and wearing sneakers donated by the NBA, is so tall that Merlin studio artists had to utilize scaffolding in order to sculpt the 2.29-meter wax likeness of the NBA's tallest player, according to a press release issued by public relations agent Rubenstein Communications, Inc.
Yao's figure is posed as if he is about to shoot a basket.
The New York Chinese Culture Center's Acrobatic Troupe soared to tremendous heights performing a gymnastic slam dunk to help welcome Yao's figure to the United States.
Yao's figure will be in good company in the attraction's all-new "Sports Zone," which was also unveiled for the first time on the day.
According to the press release, this new interactive area dedicated to the love of sports will feature wax-immortalized athletes from past and present.
In addition to rubbing-shoulders with legends such as New York Yankees' Derek Jeter and New York Mets' David Wright, Mdame Tussauds visitors will have the chance to box with Evander Holyfield, shoot hoops next to NBA great Kareem Abdull-Jabbar, tackle the defensive line alongside New York Glant's Eli Manning, stand on the podium with Olympic track and field star Florence Griffith Jyner and play Wii tennis with Billie Jean King looking on.
Madame Tussauds is a famous wax museum in London with branches in a number of major cities.
It was set up by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud.
Madame Tussauds Shanghai is its sixth branch in the world and the first in China's mainland.
The first Chinese wax figure appeared in Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London is a wax statue of Lin Zexu.