Fake Windows Painted on New Chinese Qingdao Apartment Building

A new high-rise residentail apartment building in Qingdao, China with fake windows that were painted onto the walls.

From NetEase:

Fake Windows Painted on Low-Cost Qingdao Residential Complex Buildings

October 23rd, Qingdao, the Yichang Meijing ["Beautiful Scenery"] Residential Neighborhood located at the intersection of Yichang Road and Xinglong No. 1 Road in Qingdao city’s Shibei district is a low-cost high-rise residential complex. On the walls of three buildings near the Yichang Road side, many “windows” were neatly painted, with netizens calling it a modern Ma Liang and His Magic Brush.

A new high-rise residentail apartment building in Qingdao, China with fake windows that were painted onto the walls.

October 23rd, Qingdao, the Yichang Meijing buildings under construction at the intersection of Yichang road and Xinglong No. 3 Road are affordable low-cost residential real estate. On the outer walls of the north face of the buildings are painted “fake windows” matching the specifications of the windows around it. Xiao Jian/CFP

A new high-rise residentail apartment building in Qingdao, China with fake windows that were painted onto the walls.

"Fake windows" painted onto the exterior walls of a new high-rise apartment building in Qingdao, China.

"Fake windows" painted onto the exterior walls of a new high-rise apartment building in Qingdao, China.

A new high-rise residentail apartment building in Qingdao, China with fake windows that were painted onto the walls.

"Fake windows" painted onto the exterior walls of a new high-rise apartment building in Qingdao, China.

"Fake windows" painted onto the exterior walls of a new high-rise apartment building in Qingdao, China."Fake windows" painted onto the exterior walls of a new high-rise apartment building in Qingdao, China.

A new high-rise residentail apartment building in Qingdao, China with fake windows that were painted onto the walls.

A new high-rise residentail apartment building in Qingdao, China with fake windows that were painted onto the walls.

Comments from NetEase:

xujiayu983 [网易山东省青岛市网友]:

Now this really can be submitted for a Guinness World Record!!!!!

网易湖南省衡阳市网友 ip:42.48.*.*: (also responding to xujiayu983)

Fucking shame.

116362862 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

How are thieves supposed to deal with this! After scoping out the terrain, with everything in hand, they dive into the window. BANG, they’re knocked unconscious.

网易四川省成都市网友 ip:110.185.*.*:

You must admire the creativity/ingenuity of the people of the Heavenly Kingdom.

骑着小编去兜风 [网易河南省南阳市网友]: (responding to above)

There’s nothing that can’t be done, only what hasn’t been thought of.

网易浙江省金华市网友 [mingyun36]:

What’s the point of this?

彼岸花繁 [网易北京市网友]: (responding to above)

To deceive thieves. If you discover someone trying to climb into a window, nine out of ten times it is a thief.

网易安徽省合肥市网友 [jjy0310]:

Can all the people spouting shit first look carefully before spouting? It isn’t that there aren’t windows. What more, looking at the outside structure, this should be the stairwell. The fourth picture is very also clear. This area has windows on the side and this is normal [intended] design. Can you people please go home and see if your own residential neighborhoods are like this. Painting windows on the outer wall may be out of consideration for overall aesthetics. After all, the outer area of the wall is quite large and a bit monotonous. This has nothing to do with [bad] quality or design.

网易广东省广州市网友 [好人坏人都是我]: (responding to above)

The reporter is making a big deal out of nothing, the blueprints simply did not have open windows and whether painted windows on the outside looks good or not is a matter of opinion. Those who are spouting shit for no reason are all those who have never gone to the Tibetan area where actually many Tibetan area buildings have fake windows painted on them, and even window ledges.

网易浙江省杭州市手机网友(211.140.*.*): (responding to above)

You’re the one spouting shit, what have you understood in your reading? Construction projects all need to submit their designs for approval, so what do you think it means when even this can be approved? If it has nothing to do with the design, then does it cost nothing to “draw legs on a snake” [adding something superfluous] like this? Who pays for this money? If it is just for aesthetics, do you think this sort of superficial-ism is good? That government leaders like this [that allow this] are okay?

网易广东省深圳市网友 [1323435345]: (responding to above)

It’s very good, quite creative.
Third floor [referring to above commenter], you know cock [nothing]. And construction projects all needing to submit their designs for approval, I wonder if the colors need to be submitted for approval.

网易上海市长宁区手机网友 [爱看新闻的猫]: (responding to above)

I work in design and I ding the first floor [referring to jjy0310]. There are already ordinary windows and these were done for decorative effect. What more, these are clearly [painted] on where the diagonal staircases are, so it’s not possible to have open windows there. I personally think this design is creative, and in the particular circumstances considered economically suitable.

网易山东省青岛市网友 [xuejianjun20]: (responding to above)

4th floor SB, you’re the one who really knows cock. Colors of course have to be audited/approved. Plans need to be submitted with consideration for what colors the government leaders like. Only after they’re approved can construction begin. You think in such a large construction project that what colors and styles you want is what goes? Developers don’t have that decision-making power.

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  • Archie

    Yep, the design will look so good in 9 months when the shoddy materials start to rust, degrade and deteriorate, and the “windows” start to peel off.

    • David

      I have finally realized that bad building is done on purpose. Since the property laws say you own the place for 70 years after the building is built, they only construct them to last about 25 years (seriously, I live in apartments that are like 6 years old and they look like they were built 50 years ago). This way they build new buildings every 25 years, your ownership starts over, they keep the construction guys employed and the CCP never has to actually clarify anything about the ownership laws because no building will last 70 years. Brilliant.

      • maybeabanana

        Are they reclaiming most of the steel pipes and copper? That’s a lot of resources to waste.Whatever I suppose most equipment manufactured in China would be cheaper for them.

        • Kai

          There’s a big steel and copper scrap metal recycling industry in China, so in general, yeah.

          • maybeabanana

            With that, probably more toxic chemicals in stripping wires… or….painfully done by hand. Either way, last time there was a recycling program I was about to enter, it just didn’t make sense when they told me they were going to ship my pcb boards, crt tvs, all the way to china, I rather the landfill here, resources used is kind of illogical. But that is just like importing chicken because it’s numerically cheaper to export chicken to china, have it prep there without regulations, and reimport them back.

      • Claude

        Like Japan, China is a construction state. Keep the wheels tuning by building bridges to nowhere, white elephants etc… Could be worse, It’s industrial military complex could be as enormous as France or the US. More weapons in the world we could do without. Who knows, that could be next when they run out of stuff to build.

        • Riddler

          Except in Japan buildings don’t just fall over out of sheer astonishment.

  • Zappa Frank

    so chinese…

    • chosan

      reminds me of the american bedford-stuyvesant housing projects. i grew up in when my parents 1st moved to America. regardless this is unregulated capitalism at its best

      • Nessquick Choco

        no, You didn’t grow up yet :P

  • Riddler

    Well, look on the bright side (pun unintended) at least no one will fall out while having sex next to the windows. I wonder if they have painted them on the inside too. With a fake sun and fake blue sky. All rather useful I should say.

    • JOkoth

      Echoes of the secret world of Arrietty(remember their “windows”?).

      • Riddler

        No…..remind me.

  • Claude

    Lets hope it’s not fake engineering.

    • Riddler

      I remember this. But think about this-how do you think the people living in the other blocks feel? Can’t imagine they sleep too well!

      • Claude

        Everyday it was you’ve get up and see it. “Well, I’m of to work…oh fu….”

        • maybeabanana

          At least you wake up on ground level.

          • Riddler

            End up on ground level but not sure about the waking up bit.

          • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Donald_Pleasance

            Me too.

      • Probotector

        I wouldn’t sleep well either if one day I ended up sleeping sideways.

        • Riddler
          • Probotector

            It seems our friend the Bear got banned for sock puppetry.

          • Riddler

            SSSShhhh! I’m standing in the corner, mouth zipped!

          • Riddler

            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24690631

            It promised to better ensure that its reporters and editors “comply with professional journalistic ethics and regulations”.

            Imagine that meeting. Party officials lecturing about professional journalistic ethics…

          • Riddler

            Take a look at this. Imagine if a foreigner in mainland…

            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24694205

          • takasar1

            if a foreigner killed another foreigner in mainland no one would care too much. if a chinese man killed an american in america response would be same as if american killed chinese in mainland.

          • Riddler

            ‘if a foreigner killed another foreigner in mainland no one would care too much.’ – Precisely. In china they don’t give a shit do they?

            In america, it made the news (and in britain) and people are pissed that some immigrant, abused the trust of the family who opened their doors to him only for him to butcher them and their kids later.

            Are you telling me, in all seriousness, that if an american killed a chinese person in chine it would be the same as in america? You sir, are tripping.

          • takasar1

            no, sir i am not ‘tripping’. i am merely telling you the truth. you assume that a) all americans are cosmopolitan professionals who do not fall prey to the farce that is nationalism and b) that racism in america has all but ended. i highly doubt that. look at the UK for example, an old muslim can be brutally stabbed in the back and barely make the front page, yet a white drummer is butchered and it triggers national alarm resulting in mosques being attacked. maybe the official media would not make it as obvious as xinhua would, but the public reactions on both sides certainly wouldnt be that different

          • Riddler

            Ok I take my comment back and apologise. I haven’t read the articles you are referring to, but i will take a look and get back on that one. The rest about china, i think there would be a pogrom if any foreigner killed a local here. We can agree to disagree and thank you for your insight on this. Regards Sir. I’m popping out for a few hours, hope to speak to you when i get back, have a nice day.

      • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

        I was at a 10th floor WALKUP when the last sichuan quake happened in April, shit my shorts not knowing what was going on before 8 in the morning. It was not reassuring when the wind blew the building from side to side a bit the following night. I’d agree they didn’t sleep well, seems uprooted from the foundations?

      • linette lee

        That is just so scary. I would move.

        • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

          Damned right!! And isn’t it a good testament to british rule and HK chinese that there is a good infrastructure in Hong Kong. My HK friends all grumbled about construction standards in guangdong, damp and so on.

          • takasar1

            one took 100 years to develop, the other? 30 years

        • Riddler

          Not if you were under that building you wouldn’t.

      • SafeTFirst

        They feel perfectly comfortable. That highrise toppled because a lot of soil was dug out in the wrong place, causing a sort of mini landslide.
        The rest of the buildings is fine.

        • Ami

          Nothing you said was comforting in least.
          Who dug out the soil in the wrong place?? Thats not a small mistake and the damage it caused wasn’t small either.
          If you think you’d be comfortable with a building next to falling over like a lego wall, you must be insane lol.

        • Riddler

          ‘The rest of the buildings is fine’

          For now.

        • maybeabanana

          You know, every construction site tend to start with the foundation and civil engineers evaluting the site. I don’t know the code for china, but I sure as hell know they make surveyors and civil guys jump through lots of hoops to be called ‘qualified’.

        • Claude

          Actually, you are partially correct but when the building was examined they found that the pilings didn’t have re-bar or any other steel in them. And also, from what I understand, it contained FEWER pilings that the design called for. So you had some incompetent engineers trying to build a underground parkade in a building that wasn’t properly reenforced.

          On a bright note the building didn’t split in two when it collapsed. So I guess it had the necessary re-bar and amount of concrete required etc.. in the upper construction.

          Lets hope there isn’t a 7 plus on the rector-scale in Shanghai.

          • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

            Indeed, if it was in Chengdu well…..

        • linette lee

          Absolutely no excuses for building collapsing. There is no room for any mistake when constructing buildings. LIke..hey sorry folks, our buildings are fine but we just sort of dug out the soil in the wrong place. So your buildings collapse on top of you. But I assure you our buildings are safe to live. Like WTF?????

          • Probotector

            There is an excuse for buildings collapsing in China, and that is the construction company would lose face if you complained about it.

        • Riddler

          ‘That highrise toppled because a lot of soil was dug out in the wrong place, causing a sort of mini landslide.’

          Ah that’s ok then.

          Your comment is just typical of mainland chinese who just cannot deal with reality.

      • David

        I don’t know when that happened but I am surprised there was so much room between buildings that it did not hit another one. Where I live, a falling 14 story building would have hit two (assuming the first building didn’t stop it from falling).

        • Riddler

          That’s how Karma works. It happened to make sure they don’t even think of building the other one they had planned.

          • Probotector

            Brings a new meaning to the term ‘domino effect’.

          • Riddler

            Imagine, the neighbours, just moved into their new place, standing by the window, gazing outside, looking at the building opposite, reflecting on personal success, how long it took to get here and now! ‘I am King’

            Then something doesn’t appear quite right. He tilts his head, the building opposite follows.Right before his eyes, the building plops to its side.

            Do you reckon he stayed there or ran for his life? I mean how does a building, a new one at that, just fall over. Even a shopping trolley doesn’t do that so easily.

          • Riddler
          • Probotector

            I liked the shot where they’re taking wedding photos in the “imitation English town”, as if to say “Look we went to England to take wedding photos”. God, it’s like when girls get their picture taken next to a cardboard cut-out of David Beckham. Why don’t the realise how pathetic this is?

          • Riddler

            I like the part where farmers started planting potatos in the streets of the ghost towns.

            Why don’t they realise how pathetic it is? When they begin to ‘realise’, things will improve.

          • Riddler

            It says this in the article:

            ‘They say they are laying the foundations of the world’s biggest financial zone in the muck of the northern port city of Tianjin.’

            I wonder how long those foundations will last….

          • maybeabanana

            When it involves the guberment and their money.. it will be properly reinforced. Rebars and proper cement curing. It would probably be smart to look into how secure others are building their data centers to prevent hacking ha.

          • Riddler

            You are probably right.

          • maybeabanana

            I’ll give them the benefit and think them naive about how they had an image of their wedding pics.

          • takasar1

            lol, how can you decide what’s pathetic. if it pleases some people then so be it. it isnt harming you

          • Probotector

            Because pretending is childish and in some cases deceptive.

          • takasar1

            again, stop trying to pass of your views as universal values. i could very easily find people who think it romantic, ’2 star-crossed lovers lacking the money to travel abroad create a little memorabilia within which is entwined a promise for the future, the husband quites whispers into his wife’s ear, “sweetie, one day i will take you there in person”…’ blahblahblah.

          • Probotector

            The issue is that this is one case in many where Chinese people are happy to put out something fake or fraudulent and pass it off as real. Are you saying it’s okay to do that as long as you have good intentions?

          • takasar1

            how you can make the link is beyond me. i’m guessing a wax museum is also at fault becuase it also gives an illusion of existence when there is none? it is un-related. unlike western culture where one should seek to ascend the works of others, the chinese believe a) imitation is flattery (to an extent) and b) that copying straight out shows you are on the same level and are able to achieve similar results. from a construction point of view at least

          • Probotector

            “i’m guessing a wax museum is also at fault becuase (sic) it also gives an illusion of existence when there is none?”

            No, because that serves a purpose of demonstrating art and the skill of creating life-like replicas of famous people. That’s the whole point of wax sculpture.

            “the chinese believe a) imitation is flattery (to an extent) and b) that copying straight out shows you are on the same level and are able to achieve similar results.”

            My God that’s disturbingly liberal. Would you say the same thing about plagiarism?

          • takasar

            and imitating a famous building and creating a model replica can also be seen as skill, after all, it isnt as if they had the original architect alongside them. personally, i have nothing against liberals, but i agree that the lines between what is acceptable and what is not, are highly blurred. i guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.

        • Riddler

          ..

      • http://singedrac.livejournal.com Singe

        Don’t worry. Nobody lives in any of those tower blocks because they’re not affordable. Empty.

        • Riddler

          So you have to pay to live in those places? The price being your life?

    • David

      I thought that went without saying?

    • Cauffiel

      OMFG this happened? I was just talking with a friend a few weeks ago saying “everything is shit in China, but its not as if buildings just fall over.” I was wrong!

      • Riddler

        Happened in shanghai. Christmas Song “Silent night. holy SHIT night….”

        • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

          Shanghai, well that is reassuring, not, blimey. What hope in the hinterlands?:( Thanks for the info

        • Cauffiel

          Did somebody call 9-1-HOLY SHIT?

          • Riddler

            9-1 or 9-11?

            If it were 9-11 then how to you compare a terror act or whatever conspiracy is attached to that event to a bunch of monkeys in mainland who can’t build anything?

          • Cauffiel

            What the chinasmack are you talking about?

          • Riddler

            Well you replied to my post with something about 9-1?

      • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

        I never get the appeal of these apartments. They are just like posher versions of council house flat tower blocks in the UK, or as an aussie mate told me, housing commission towers. OK the lifts probably work, but what good is that if the thing collapses or there is a fire or something?

        • Riddler

          What good is it? Well, when the whole thing collapses, and 500 people are stuck in the elevator, they get to hear the satisfying ring of the elevator door going ‘ping’.

          • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

            mei banfa, mei you mobile signal, but you are right, have a good one

          • Riddler

            Thanks man, been a little busy recently, had a few issues on the previous article.

            Depending on the floor you live on, I say invest in a rope. If that building catches fire? It may be a lifeline:-) Oh, and make sure that rope is NOT made in china?

          • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Donald_Pleasance

            I met one irish bloke who lived 2 floors up above me once, who told me that in all seriousness. If the lifts were not working and the stairwells clogged up with noxious smoke, you might break a few bones, and be bruised, but alive. Fumny post, lol

          • Nessquick Choco

            I am just thinking about my 8th floor with son in hand … :(

          • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Donald_Pleasance

            Indeed. A lot to be said about low rise living.

      • Kai
    • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

      Effing hell!Is that real? I think I need a few more snifters of so ju now before I will sleep tonight, awesome yet scary pic!

    • maybeabanana

      What a freaking waste of manhours and material.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Well on the plus side, it should be easy to fix. Just pull it back up and prop it up with a stick or something.

      E-Z repairs.

  • 二奶头发

    You can buy lots of fake stuff in China. Why is this a surprise?

    • http://www.technologyreview.com/news/519421/the-first-carbon-nanotube-computer/ MrC

      its not fake when you buy in china

      • Riddler

        True, doesn’t even qualify to that pitiful state.

        • Riddler

          Or is that too harsh? But then, looking at that building on its side, I doubt I am being harsh.

    • tomoe723

      isn’t everything in china fake? they could’ve just gone all out and painted the whole building… XD

  • http://www.technologyreview.com/news/519421/the-first-carbon-nanotube-computer/ MrC

    I know what happened here.

    The builders fucked up and forgot to put the windows in, they then found the best painter they could to cover this colossal mistake up, get paid and then skip the country before being rumbled.

    • http://www.technologyreview.com/news/519421/the-first-carbon-nanotube-computer/ MrC

      I bet its dark in those apartments..

      • Riddler

        i bet its darker under that apartment lying on its belly.

  • Cauffiel

    Chinese Sistine Chapel! A monument to empty culture!

    • Riddler

      5,000 years of emptiness?

      • Cauffiel

        No, only about 100 years. Read about Chinese history…. most of it is very rich in culture. 20th century wiped it out.

        • Kai

          Heh, but culture is more or less arbitrarily defined. What we have now in China can also be called a kind of culture, just not necessarily the kind of culture we admire or want from our perspective. Plus, most of what we call “rich Chinese culture” before “it” was wiped out in the 20th century only really reflected a very small stratum of the people, usually the rich and powerful, the elite and priviledged, while the vast majority were, well, peasants who weren’t considered particularly “cultured” in their time or in ours.

          • 5000 years of harvest moon

            But ironically i have a really hard time anytime i try to think of another “culture” that forced switching places between the literate and the illiterate man, so yes, it’s more or less like “once a farmer, forever a farmer”.

          • Cauffiel

            Thats true for every country in every era of history.

            By “has no culture” I do, in fact, mean this time in China will not have much historical cultural significance. It will be remembered overwhelmingly for economic growth and politics.

          • Kai

            I want to say I’m inclined to agree with you, but also hedge with it’s hard to say until we reach the future and see how it looks back on this time.

            The former because I feel China is in a stage where it is largely absorbing external pop culture. It is playing catch-up socio-economically, and thus playing catch-up with pop culture rather than influencing it, shaping it, or defining it with the power of, say, the United States. It won’t be able to until it can occupy a dominant socio-economic position in the world.

            The latter because I kinda wonder how China’s currecnt “economic” growth and “political” issues may shape cultural” trends of the unfolding near future. For example, will it result in the popularization of Chinese as a second language as envisioned by Joss Whedon in Firefly? That would be of historical cultural significance, premised upon economic and political influence.

          • takasar1

            if you want chinese culture, then go to taiwan

          • Cauffiel

            Or any Chinese enclave in a Western country!

          • chosan

            whites and blacks in that western country would say otherwise. lots of hate for chinese there

          • Cauffiel

            …. which has nothing to do with the content of any comment in this thread.

        • Riddler

          20th Century did NOT wipe it out, Mousey de Dong did.

  • Probotector

    Windows, with Chinese characteristics.

    • Riddler

      Hear no evil see no evil:-)

      • Probotector

        More like hear no thing, see no thing

        • Riddler

          I wonder if there’s a painted elevator also….

          • Probotector

            Or painted emergency exits

          • Riddler

            HAhahahaha! I would have given you multiple up votes for that one if i could. Hahahaa…

        • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

          nothing wong

    • 5,000 years of uncivilization

      At least, they could have painted some fake, plastic flowers below each window.

      • Claude

        And nude silhouettes of woman to pull in potential male buyers. “A lot of single woman in this building right?”

    • Repatriated

      And we all know the building contractor was paid to install “windows”. Makes you wonder what really IMPORTANT corners were also cut….

      • Claude

        Oooh, does anyone remember that earthquake in Taiwan when the building collapsed they found the contractor or owner filled the walls with aluminum cans as fill to cut cost on concrete?

        Jeez… Spooky, like Halloween

        • Probotector

          Do you remember when babies’ milk was tainted with malamime? Or when buildings fell down during the Sichuan earthquake because of shoddy construction? Or how about the time a mianbaoche had the seats removed out, and was overloaded with 60 kids, and the vehicle crashed, killing them all? Seems like just another day in China to me.

  • 5,000 years of uncivilization

    Typical, cheap, Qingdao construction. Anything to save money and cheat others. This is why i won’t buy a home in Qingdao.

    • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

      Interesting, do tell. I saw a lot of boom town stuff when I was there over summer, loved the old german architecture and dirt cheap “zha pi”.

      • 5,000 years of uncivilization

        The German architecture is superb but anything built after the communists ran out the Europeans, is of very low quality. Those who pay for the construction, hire the lowest bidder, thus lowest quality materials are used. After the apartments have been sold or rented out, the owner has made a fortune and can leave town. After a few years, said buildings fall apart leaving the new owners cheated with property than can’t possibly make a return on.

        • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

          I wondered why Shenzhen, being a supposedly “new” city had so many apartment blocks that looked like they were built in the 1950s or 1960s horrible sort of 70s bathroom tile colour design on the outside, or looking very dirty off white. Agree on german architecture is amazing.

          • 5,000 years of uncivilization

            I worry that all of China might have the same syndrome thanks to the bloody communists thinking their way would be the best. It’s both interesting and sad to watch them destroy their own country.

          • Riddler

            It also destroyed the childhood dreams of those who had nothing but admiration for China only to arrive and be faced with shocks upon shocks. It is deeply distressing to see what has and is taking place.

          • takasar1

            honestly, this doesnt surprise me one bit. those that ‘admire’ a country based on know real knowledge of the place, deserve disappointment. the worst things humans can do is disillusion themselves. china is probably one of the few nations where the future generations will be better off than the last, meanwhile europe is stagnant and america is facing death by suicide. since that moron mao, china has only had 30-35 good years of proper governance. give it an extra 30 and they may turn into the japan of the 1980s.

          • Riddler

            “china has only had 30-35 good years of proper governance” – When was that exactly?

            “those that ‘admire’ a country based on know real knowledge of the place, deserve disappointment” – What does ‘know real knowledge’ mean?

            “give it an extra 30 and they may turn into the japan of the 1980s” – i give you your own words on this one. “the worst things humans can do is disillusion themselves.”

            “china is probably one of the few nations where the future generations will be better off than the last” – with your one child policy, forced female abortions, 20,000 million chinese men not able to find a wife as a result? Your polluted cities, food, water, medicine?

            I speak regularly with chinese doctors as part of my work. They tell me Diabetes is exploding in china due to the sudden new money and, people not knowing how to balance their diets. This wave of disease is worse than other countries in that it remains largely undiagnosed. I forgot to mention HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, all largely undiagnosed. Go and do some research and verify this. You say china is one of the few countries where future generations will be better off than the last? Have fun with that.

            That gutter/sewage cooking oil which is sold to restaurants, is guaranteed to cause cancer within 10 years, not to mention the pollution levels in general.

            “meanwhile europe is stagnant and america is facing death by suicide” – you appear to know little of currency wars. As I mentioned to another misguided person a few days ago, last week when the American government shut down, the chinese government was buckling at the knees and shaking in its boots. Death by suicide you say?

          • Nessquick Choco

            He know nothing, even his own name -)

          • takasar1

            simple, the last 30 years have seen hundreds of millions go from poverty to the chinese version of a ‘middle class’, hundreds of millions have become wealthier than their parents/grandparents ever were. 30 years has seen a shell of a nation, still only developing, evolve into the second most powerful/important nation in the world, mainly thanks to the excellent economic governance enforced by a few men. Read a bit more would you…

            sorry, I meant ‘no’, not ‘know’.

            How so? Give me reasons. Why not? Last time I checked, china’s economic path has been laid out before it by japan, Singapore, Taiwan and so on. It is simply about to transform from an industry-heavy nation, to one powered mainly by consumption. Not much differentiates 2013-china from 1970s-japan.

            20’000 million, what??? You do know that there are not even 20’000 million people alive, right? Besides, seeing as their ancestors were mostly living in a maoist super-state and couldn’t even afford clothing, I would say the current generation is far better off. If they weren’t do you think the ccp would still be around? Pollution? Remind me what country hasn’t had its fair share of pollution during development; America has, as has Britain.

            Interesting…I talked to a person who told me that the health problems were over-stated, who’s correct? Yes, because you don’t find mal-practice in poor countries…in fact, I could look at the recent horse-meat scandal in the UK and make my own little conclusions. Yes, diabetes is becoming quite a problem but balancing diets takes time, the lack of a balanced diet isn’t exactly a given. Regardless they have long way to go before they match America’s obesity rate. As for HIV/AIDS, there are less people with HIV in china than in many western European countries (according to the CIA world factbook)

            “you appear to know little of currency wars”, you appear to know little of economics. Its has nothing to do with currency wars…the issues are more debt and structurally related. Really? ‘Shaking by its knees’, I assume you have inside information which the rest of us are not privy to…and yes, the u.s’ problems are largely fiscal and debt-related and when one-side tries to take the entire economy hostage to get what they want, you would call that ‘death by suicide’. China isn’t in the same position yet, the people can see how the ccp has changed their lives within such a short period and as long as their incomes rise, I doubt they will care.

          • takasar1

            give it another 10-20 years, only been 30 so far

  • peye

    The painted windows are much more suiteable, then installing frosted glass windows in stairwells and elevator shafts.

    • Riddler

      Please tell me you are joking?

  • Rick in China

    I wonder if they also painted the window on the inside. Surely, those who went to check the apartments out, would be inside like “Hey……why aren’t there any windows here?”

    Whenever I see stories like this, I always think about the decision-maker. There was someone, in charge, who either came up with or more likely was posed the idea, and said, “Yes! That’s a GREAT idea! We shall do that.”

    Insanity.

    • Probotector

      No, just indifference.

    • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

      The thing is Vancouver probably has not one luxury apartment to match those in China. Most junkies and dossers there probably sleep in the sewers or doss houses. China is heaven for canadians based on their good reputation in China, no, Canada is no place to be poor.

      • Rick in China

        Trolling or just ignorant? I can’t tell.

        Very wrong on both points. No more to say, because whether it’s a troll or cluelessness, you’ve added nothing of value to the conversation.

        • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

          Not really trolling. Just wondering why so many Canadians (often very rude!) in Chengdu. Canada cannot be all that great, so perhaps the maple leafers need to leave their arrogance behind at the airport, and come with an open mind and a smile.

          • Claude

            Canadians aren’t rude, there actually very polite. It’s easy for Canadians to appear rude or arrogant when in fact they’re just very insular, repressed and dull. It’s just in our nature, like Scandinavians (without the culture) we live up north and half the year it’s cold and wet and dark so we developed that dark Scandinavian repressed quality. You know, a lot of time indoors by ourselves keeping the gas fireplace going and watching TV.

            There is a touch of superiority because we live next to the big bad boogieman the USA but that really it has a desperation about it because on some level we know we are largely a nation that’s there for the Americans to poach our resources cheap; Canada has the cheapest taxes on oil and gas in OPEC nations and we’ll send are logs whole bypassing our own mills so the America mills will stay in business. So don’t take our superiority complex to seriously either. We joke how we have a ringside seat to the madness but secretly we all want to be in California driving convertibles with a sexy lady living large but we know we would feel to guilty living that life so we’ll go do some volunteer work instead.

            I hope that help’s you understand the hive.. I mean mind of the Canadian so don’t be to hard on us.

            Why do Canadians always do it doggie style? So we never miss a hockey game.

          • http://www.churchofsatan.com/ Hussein

            Oh I met one nice canadian guy in Chengdu, and another cool guy in Shenzhen, he was very chill. I prefer them to the loud know it all yank, who even though he does not speak any chinese, and is on the run from child support debt in his 40s, knows everything about life and China, and calls you young man, or states that english teachers are losers, the same kind of 40 something man, who returned to the USA destitute from Shanghai, and had to sell or let his ex chinese gf have all his furniture because he couldn’t repay money he owed her, due to having no job in Shanghai, despite him claiming he was an automobile designer. It’s people who are haughty and sniffy and look down on others that get my goat, when really they are on the bones of their arse and don’t have a pot to piss in.

          • Probotector

            I know what you mean.

          • Riddler

            Never met an arrogant Canadian. Never. Always pleasant and easy to converse with.

          • Angie Mac

            I’ve met rude Aussies, Kiwis, Brits, Yanks, Canucks, in China and in their home countries. I’ve also met many extremely kind and friendly ones.

          • Probotector

            I’ve never met a white Canadian in China yet; all the Canadians I’ve met were of ethnic descent, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s just a strange coincidence. These people were nice enough though.

          • mr.wiener

            Can’t say rude words in Canada, I guess they have a lot of catching up to do once they leave the country.

          • Probotector

            Is that Viz?

          • mr.wiener

            Nope, An album cover. My favorite song [of his] is: Hey Santa Claus, where’s my f*cking bike?!”.

          • Riddler

            And a supply of face masks.

  • markus peg

    They don’t look like real windows, but only because they have no fake bars across them lol…

  • Angie Mac

    The view is lovely.

  • Repatriated

    Haha. A couple rounds of acid rain and those windows will look great!

    • maybeabanana

      That’s why I think it’s a waste to paint it on in the first place. Waste of menial manpower and paint.. for who will see that building as an art piece anyway under smog etc.

  • vonskippy

    Probably used lead based paint.

    • maybeabanana

      Children and people arent going to touch or eat it…so,,,

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    North Korea does this because it is trying to convince its better off Southern neighbors to defect to their side.

    What’s China’s excuse?

  • Emilio Kléber

    This happens in US too. When I lived in New Jersey a local government paid to have fake windows painted on buildings in the area, facing the highway, so the place didn’t look so poor and depressing when you drove past. i heard horror stories that the buildings were falling apart inside, the covers had long fallen off light switches and power outlets and a kid got electrocuted on one of them.

    • Riddler

      kid got electrocuted? Shocking isn’t it?

  • Beijingtheredonethat

    Could the painted windows be a subcontracting problem? Builder assigns window creation to subcontractor and takes his cut; subcontractor assigns window creation to next subcontractor and takes his cut; by the time it gets to the last subcontractor, they only have enough money to paint the windows on. Everyone wins!

    • J. Scott Burgeson

      That’s sort of what I was thinking. Probably the builder and window subcontractor made a secret deal to divide up and pocket the money for the windows, and then scrounged up some leftover paint to slap on these fakes. Worth a few nights at the local KTV, at least!

  • Anna Barylkowska

    这个令人难以置信的乐趣

    hale namiotowe

  • UserID01

    I’m on the fence.

    I think it’s a bit silly to include fake windows, but they DO give the building a more aesthetically pleasing look. I mean, it’s not like the apartments don’t have any windows at all. If they were putting fake windows in place of actual windows, then there would be something to really gripe about. But I don’t think it’s a horrible thing to paint on a few fake windows to give the building a nicer look.

    I just wonder how long those fake windows will last. Will they start to peel off eventually?

  • YourSupremeCommander

    This is how you save heat in the winter bro.

  • Nicola Collina

    ok i know i am always the one who says “in italy”.. but.. IN ITALY several old buildings usually on the corner rooms has only one window. They are over 100 years old buildings and a corner room with two windows could be cold in winter. so another fake one is added to avoid bad looking… Ok this one is a bigger thing, but chinese temperature insulation of modern buildings is much worse then ANY italian old building.. so…..

  • rollin wit 9′s

    I wonder if fake paint was used.?

    • YourSupremeCommander

      What if the fake windows were painted using fake paint on the fake buildings?

  • Yannick

    I must say that this is the most stupid thing i ever got to see or here in china lmao!

  • Hang Em Man

    Looks nice. I wonder how the interior is? Certainly better than the Cabrini Greens ; )

    • MacingFacing

      No. Actually Cabrini GREEN had real windows. Not something painted on. Just like the painted grass…which I guess was part of the design. Sorry, but the Green was doing much better than this BS.

  • MacingFacing

    This is just all sorts of fucking lazy. Who paints on windows. Hilarious!

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