List of Strange and Ridiculous Buildings In China, Reactions

In the light of a recent comment by Chinese president Xi Jinping to not build any more strange buildings, news sites assembled a collection of weird and absurd buildings constructed in China in recent years.

From QQ:


February 2nd, Chongqing Guotai Art Center newly unveiled itself, it will be an art center devoted to Bachu Culture and will be completed by the end of this year.


The “Century Sail” signature tower at Shandong Rizhao Water Sports Center.


In Sanya, Hainan, the Phoenix Island development complex that cost average of 90k yuan per square meter.


The “long johns tower” made fun of by many netizens, also known as the “Gate of the Orient” is currently under rapid construction.


The “Linda Haiyu Plaza” located on the 4th ring of Beijing, the outside was designed to resemble a fish.


The “wine bottle” office building located on the campus of Daohuaxiang Corporation in Yiling District of Yichang, Hubei.


Taihu Pearl Hotel – also known as the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort


December 15th, 2009 in Hebei Yanjiao, at the Le Grand Large Hotel that was once called the “most shocking in history” by netizens. The outer form of the hotel was made up of the 3 Taoist gods of wealth, fame, and long life, with a total height of 41.6 meters. It was said that this hotel was already granted in 2001, the title of the “largest statue building” published in the Guinness Book of World Records and won best in that category. It was at the time the largest statue building of its type.


Shenyang’s Financial Development Area have an unique building – the Fang Yuan Building. The building was based on the shape of an “ancient coin” with outside being round and the inside being square, in doing so it can bestow good fortune to the occupying businesses. On January 10th, 2012 the travel site under the American cable news channel (CNNgo) selected the top 10 ugliest buildings in the world, the Fang Yuan building designed by Taiwanese architect Li Zuyuan was unfortunately selected. Li Zuyuan was the also the designers of Taipei 101. CNNgo believes, Fang Yuan building in an attempt to combine both Eastern and Western styles, failed to appear harmonious. Because “aesthetics” is subjective, CNNgo added a note, that a more truthful description is that this can be considered one of the 10 most controversial buildings.


The north gate of Yichuan in Henan. Netizens called this gate of Yichuan as resembling a belt.


Yuhua District Government in Nanjing. [The building] closely resembles the US Capitol Building.


Fushun’s new landmark – the ring of life is nearing completion, with a total diameter of 157 meters equivalent to a 50 story building. It’s installed with 12,000 LED lights, constructed using 3000 tons of steels, costing several hundred million yuan. The local government responded that this massive structure is a landmark, its only purpose is its “view”.


In Chongqing, netizens claim the 4 sides of the facade resembles an athletic jacket, the top of the building is the zipper of the athletic jacket.


On Chongqing’s Foreigner Street there is a “ramshackle” of a building.


Located on the 4th ring in Beijing a closeup of the Sphinx building.

Comments on QQ:


Government and State Enterprises’ buildings must not come in strange and odd shapes, it will only cost more money, it betrays spirit of the Eight Provisions and the spirit anti-corruptions campaign. After All China still have 200 million people living in poverty.


In reality the appearance of strange building is not a surprise, it is all due to local governments wanting a good record, building face projects, and wanting to be appreciated. Else the relevant leaders would have not approved [such projects]. We know this because we work in architecture design.


Local people can’t even feed and clothes themselves, yet local governments are thinking of using large sums to construct buildings in order to attract attention, so that they can prove they are doing a good job, and are rich. Xi Dada’s [nickname for Xi Jinping] intention I think is to restrain local governments, to have local governments do more practical things, to care more for people’s livelihood, rather than competing to see who can build the tallest building. Like in picture 12, spend hundreds of millions to build a ring, what is the point? Did it improve people’s lives? Did building a ring helped people get out of poverty? Have money? In addition, our nation have many shanzhai buildings, like the White House or the Kremlin, the local governments only want to attract attention, so that they can be seen as taking care of the people. I think Xi Dada is talking about precisely these people, no matter what I will support Xi Dada, you can scold me all you want!

♂ Yo baby↘forever:

Zhenzhou’s giant duck eggs!



Check out our Jinan’s sexual organ building. It is definitely erect!



Guangzhou’s round building.



If all the buildings are the same, then what is the point of art? We can’t deny all of them, there must be a combination of both practicality and artistic style, where can it be both scenic and have practical value. Wouldn’t that be great.


If these buildings are placed in foreign countries many people will say foreigners are so innovative and imaginative, but in the Heavenly Kingdom certain people will make it derogatory! Everyone can make their own judgement, don’t go with the current.


Waste of manpower and money, despicable! Emperor Qin Shihuang wasted manpower and money building the Great Wall for defense against the enemy, what use do these buildings have?


If China can conquer both the White House and the Kremlin, what can’t they do?


The Chairman said: do not build anymore strange buildings.


Bird’s Nest, CCTV building, People’s Daily building, Shanghai Convention Center, the result of merging all four buildings.


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  • Fdom

    There are certainly some interesting erections in China!

    • mr.wiener

      Should be some good market penetration.

      • lacompacida

        And projection.

    • SongYii

      Some buildings are restricted, but most you are welcome to come inside.

      • James in China

        You win, sir! Bravo!

    • BillBo

      Hopefully they keep the hedges trimmed

  • yurah

    Is that last pic real?

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Course not.

      • firebert5

        Too bad.

    • David

      No, it is a Photoshop combining four buildings.

    • Joe

      No, it’s the People’s Daily building actually raping the CCTV building

  • Fantastic…It’s great to draw positive attention to your city;
    As long as these buildings aren’t falling apart in 20 years….

    • Ken Morgan

      I don’t know if that is fair tbh in that Tong Lau in Hong Kong are falling apart and those were built under western supervision. There was a bit of a horror post on reddit a few weeks ago about how most modern buildings in the west about how corners are cut. When the HVAC goes off for a short time immense damage is done to such buildings. Evidence was looking at abandoned areas in Detroit brick work and concrete crumble after only a few years of HVAC cut off. Compared to say quality Roman concrete which has survived 2000 years and still looks in good nick.

      Found the article

      • If you see my other comment, you will see I do not have any illusions about TODAY’s standards in the USA.
        It never ceases to amaze how many people call themselves “tradesmen” and/or “professionals” today…

      • My point above was that if you are going to build anything unique that draws significant attention, do it right, otherwise build a cookie cutter “vanilla” box.
        One of the very first lessons I learned is that when you build anything, you either build using the best possible quality materials and methods or go as cheap as you can.
        When a spec building is bid, the substitutions will start to come in (hey’ I can can save you 20%…) and the end result is less than desirable if quality/design standards are not maintained throughout the project. The owner needs to understand going with the best is expensive, but saving 20% for a shit result is bad value. If they don’t care, then the original design should be built using cheapest options up front, but at least they know what they’re paying for.

      • lacompacida

        “Tong Lau” by definition are built for Chinese residents by Chinese building companies, and were built between 1945 and 1960. So they are mostly over 50 year old. What’s the life expectancy of concrete buildings in China built today ?

  • I drove 13,000 miles across the USA and Canada (Summer 2013) and I can’t tell you how many times I shook my head in disgust at the rapidly deteriorating infrastructure. Most people in the “West” have no idea how quickly we’re falling behind…

    • SongYii

      Well, gotta pay for dem wars and dem po’ people to keep on bein’ po’ and all dem pork barrel projects and dem goddern e’rything else.

      Inspiration is lost when all you think about is collective welfare and mythological equality.

      • Oh, it’s not free?
        Add it to the multi-trillion tab…
        gladly pay you Tuesday for a cruise missile today (didn’t say what year).
        If we had to make difficult decisions and actually pay for these things, then maybe people would value them?
        The people of the USA have been kicking the can down the road for 50+ years. It is a game of musical chairs at this point.

        • SongYii

          I think one of the fundamental problems in the U.S. is the tax code. It hides who’s paying into the system and how much, it hoodwinks us into believing other people are paying for *my* problems, so it doesn’t matter. And the wild insane crazy spending with the best intentions at heart ::vomit:: continues.

          • Money in your hand will be better than giving it to a givernment 100% of the time.
            Imagine IF..people had to write a check to the government
            every quarter instead of having their employer do it for them and issuing a Net amount in their pay check. They would then appreciate how much money was being taken.

            Cui Bono?
            The Federal Reserve is a Private organization (owned by a handful of people) that gets 6% return on every dollar of debt…the larger the debt, the more money they make.

            The bankers get their pound of flesh every time. We need to bring out the guillotines ASAP.

    • FYIADragoon

      Try using the internet in the USA and you already can figure that out. One of the fastest in the world 10 or so years ago, and then we get bumped to the slowest a decade later. America doesn’t seem to want to invest in any infrastructure besides more roads for the stupid cars.

      • Good Point…and it costs way too much for what is offered and there isn’t any competition. Comcast has a virtual monopoly in New England. After all taxes and fees, it costs $80 for 15MB/sec speed.

        • BillBo

          I’m paying $20/month (probably like 23 or so after fees) for 5MBps in Illinois, I think I’ve got a pretty good deal. Could get faster but I don’t really need the extra bandwidth.

          The lower price here could be because I can get ATT or Charter for access. ATT is doing a huge project upgrading networks in my area right now, although I have Charter for now.

    • Average Zhou

      That’s true – however I believe Chinas infrastructure will be old and dilapidated far sooner than the west’s. You see buildings in china that are 5 years old and look 50 already, whereas new York, Philadelphia, and boston are still using bridges and roads and other things that are 100-150 years old because they were designed to last. our shit is falling apart for sure. will china be in a good enough financial position to replace al their new shit 50 years from now? because in 50 years I think their infrastructure will be in the state ours is in now.

      • let’s hope we’re still healthy and happy in 50 years…
        you are probably right about the China model. maybe their attitude on this is like that with street cleaners at night removing the garbage…they plan to continuously rebuild or upgrade…but hopefully not too many trucks tip over bridges..

        (remember that story?)

      • Rick Hill

        Visited my wife’s family in ’07. Her brother had just moved into a new apartment in Nanning and the road in front of the market had just been built anew. The shops were empty, fresh pavers out front. Flash forward to the next visit in 2012, I walked along it thinking how nice it was the buildings had rented out to tenants, business was booming but then I looked around and couldn’t believe it was only five years old, looked more like it had been built thirty or forty years ago. I agree with you about the deterioration of the infrastructure as this was fairly well constructed, I know there are a lot more construction projects that haven’t been.

    • Foreign Devil

      USA has a perpetual war to finance and Canada is too few people spread out too far to afford new infrastructure. I’ll take low population and clean air over overcrowding, pollution and great train networks anyday.

    • BillBo

      Drive 13k miles in China outside the big cities and the vast majority of buildings you find would be boarded up in the US. And they have many engineering catastrophes in China from new construction.

  • JayJay

    They all look like buildings in a bad science fiction film.

    • tomoe723

      Not really… some of them looked like some evolved buildings out of sim city game. Futuristic looking.

    • ClausRasmussen

      >> bad science fiction film

      This one looks like it’s from a good science fiction film–HCy5bOYr–/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/18c0ywbgdnlgsjpg.jpg

      • Alex Dương

        It’s too bad she won’t live.

        • ClausRasmussen

          That depends on what cut you viewed. The original was the best

          • Alex Dương

            Hmm. I’ll have to check it out then. I’ve only seen the Final Cut.

          • ClausRasmussen

            I’ve seen the original and the directors cut. He removed the commentators voice in the directors cut and kinda killed the ambience. While the movie was very strong visually it turned out the pictures couldn’t stand alone

      • Rick Hill

        *bursts into song* “On a Clear dayyyy…you can see forev..cough cough, hack .waugh…….

  • SongYii

    How about this… keep crazy buildings, because they’re awesome, get rid of solid concrete block slum buildings with no venilation whose facade chips away after 5 years, because they’re terrible.

    • ClausRasmussen

      Better too many crazy buildings than too many boring buildings

    • Alan Dale Brown

      Whenever I’ve been to China, I found the endless series of look-alike apartment blocks depressing. Do these commenters realize how drab generic Chinese architecture is compared to many other places? These funky buildings are the exception; they keep your brain from going dull. I always appreciate seeing them.

  • Fushun’s new landmark? Looks likes a take on the Arc in St. Louis.

    • BillBo

      That’s what I thought… a circle really isn’t as majestic though :P

    • hewenkang

      To me, this design is certainly intriguing and tasteful. I would like to see more similar architecture in China. I have some concerns though about the cost-benefit ratio. Fushun is not your metropolis like Beijing or Shanghai.

  • ClausRasmussen

    I love Chinese architecture and is sad to hear that Xi Jinping is putting a cap on it. Yes, some of it is ridiculous but to make a hit you have to accept some misses here and there. That’s how freedom works

    Drab grey cubes of concrete are commonplace in my country, it would be sad if China heads in that direction

  • da_shan223

    lol. Now China has given Ayn Rand a second reason to turn over in her grave. i like ’em, though.

  • post.human

    Awesome buildings. Do more of them.

  • Taojessy

    I thought China finally making art through it’s architecture was a great leap forward from those block style commie buildings that fall apart so fast (pls excuse the pun).

    Also, vote this up if you like Shenyang’s Fang Yuan building. Much better than the penis building!

  • Taojessy

    “Waste of manpower and money, despicable! Emperor Qin Shihuang wasted manpower and money building the Great Wall for defense against the enemy, what use do these buildings have?”

    Is now effectively making China a must-see tourist destination in the modern world, generating millions of Chinese yuan for the government each year and promoting Chinese culture and heritage. Yeah, totally useless.

  • Roi

    It’s not the buildings that catch my eye in those photos, it’s the air! I
    wonder how many Chinese people are growing up now thinking that 200 AQI
    air and a white horizon with a bit of blue peeking through directly
    overhead is normal.

    Maybe they should spend some of that money on modern power plants and cleaner diesel fuel.

  • Gotta give it up to that last comment/PS job.

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