China’s latest boast is a 30 floor hotel built in only 15 days and supposedly able to withstand “magnitude 9” earthquakes.

The builders boast that they erected the 30-storey, 183,000 square foot hotel on a pristine Hunan province site in only 15 days, using prefabricated parts.

As if this were not enough, they claim the building is “5 times” more resistant to earthquakes than “conventional” buildings and can withstand “magnitude 9” quakes – as certified by the China Academy of Building Research.


Unfortunately, with this being a made in China project only the most gullible believe their claims – most seem convinced the building is going to meet the same fate as so much China-quality architecture:

“How much money did they pay them to write that article? There’s no way they finished this in 15 days.”

“With the internal fittings as well, these claims are ridiculous.”

“With the stuff about earthquake resistance, you just know it’s 100% false.”

“It can surely resist a 9.0 as long as one does not occur.”

“It’s a misprint – they meant 0.9.”

“They couldn’t even finish proper foundations in that amount of time.”

“Even making skyscrapers out of prefabs now are we, China?”

“The concrete wouldn’t even set properly in that time.”

“It’s probably another building made of styrofoam.”

“It’ll be slanting in under a year, for sure.”

“Honestly, who’d believe their lies about it being safe.”

“They don’t even know what magnitude means.”

“Just looking at the pictures of the foundations they gave rather sheds doubt on being built on level ground, let alone their other claims.”

“If it falls down, they’ll just bury it – like their trains.”

“Expect them to bury you along with it when it falls over.”

“They say not a single worker was injured making it – doubtless they sacked them the instant they got injured.”



“I’m reminded of those photographs of made in China apartments which just broke off at the foundations and fell over intact.”

“I recalled that luxury passenger ship which sunk on launch.”

“I wouldn’t live in it for free.”

“I don’t see how a 15 day building time is something you’d want to advertise to customers…”

“Well, with prefabs it is quite possible to do this with 1-2 storeys. But is it possible with 30?”

“The building is just for paper investing, it doesn’t need electrics or plumbing or anything like that.”

“Live fast, take the money and run before the bubble bursts!”

Certified by the China Academy of Building Research… Magnitude 9…”

“Forget earthquakes, this’ll fall over in a high wind.”

“Personally, I think it will explode.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:10 10/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's not really impossible when you read the part that says that many of the stuff put into that building were already assembled elsewhere, and the staff worked non-stop.

    Never the less, considering their past records, no amount of publicity can convince me until I see that thing standing for more than 100 years. I still doubt it would.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 11/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    So when is this thing is gonna explode into piles of garbage, lead and styrofoam

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    Comment by aarond12
    10:06 11/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Don't forget cadmium!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    My guess is during the Super Bowl, when everybody in the world will be watching the American Armoured Wankerball Championship Game and nobody's paying attention to this China-quality building exploding in an implosion of lead, poison, radiation and lead.

    All according to keikaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:20 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The question is really why it was built right the fuck in the middle of nowhere. Look at the place. Not a single tall building in sight. I say this is an experiment and that it is as unsafe as a loaded gun.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 11/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Only Ancient people know how to build shit that lasts for thousands of years.

    The ancient Chinese built a wall that lasted longer than any of their political system and dynastyin history. The same goes to many other ironic.

    Comment by Busy
    02:45 11/01/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Ancient china=/=today's china

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    True Story

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:12 11/01/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    You _are_ aware that this chinese wall doesn't have one of the stones it originally had, because, y'know, of reconstruction. Point your finger at the pyramids if you want to make a point about longevity.

    08:52 11/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Or the Roman aqueducts parts of which are still functional today.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I can't believe people vote this guy down, he made a good point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Because it's not relevant.

    And the Great Wall didn't "last", it was rebuilt many times.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    21:35 10/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Are there really buildings around anywhere in the world that are over 100 years old and not, y'know, castles and stuff? (Or renovated)

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:59 11/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Go to england and see how much old architecture they have there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:03 10/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Metal structures require visual inspection for rust. How are they going to check the metal work hidden behind drywall in the ceiling? A slow water leak could cause rust that will go completely undetected. Most American buildings with drywall ceilings use poured concrete floors, and those with steel truss floors have suspended ceilings that allow access to the structure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 11/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Well, hello there, fellow civil engineering graduate! lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:45 11/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They say in China the design life is around 50 years for a residential complex. Not sure about hotels and commercial.
    But reality is that they tear them down much earlier than 50 years have passed, for one reason or another. Maybe their standards for '50 years' design life is different than us in North America... like 50 years before it literally crumbles (with a countdown!)?

    Though with prefabricated parts, putting this up in 15 days is totally possible. I mean, prefabricated, depending on the grade and type, has the interior prefabricated as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    the material used is rust proof. the name of the company is broad Sustainable building...

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    Comment by Assassinister
    04:28 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe the Building life expectancy is short and so is the customer that will stay in this hotel. Wonder the pay for stay will include accident insurance and money back guarantee to surviving relative of that said unfortunate accident involving explosion and building collapse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 11/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Wait, is this a serious statement or are you just fucking stupid? There are a shitload of buildigs that are well over a 100 years old. You need to get out more... or pay attention in history class.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    05:10 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ya dig? XD

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:15 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    All I know of have been renovated at some point in time or even reconstructed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:15 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't think I've heard of buildigs. *Buildings

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 11/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Take a house in Europe. Anywhere. If it's a stone house, chances are that they are at least a couple centuries old.

    Some of the oldest buildings in Paris, where I live, are also more than a century old. Hell, the Eiffel tower itself is, and it wasn't built in the middle of nowhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:04 10/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    There are but they have been constantly foregone restoration and renovation so what the other guy said is just a load of crap since there seems to be no consideration of an array of circumstances.

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    Comment by Shiroinoshishi
    01:43 11/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    There are pre-revolution homes/mansions in some of the original American colonies. So, 2012 - 1776 = at least 236 years old, and that's just in America. Europe has plenty of older buildings.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:01 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    umm... ever heard of the Eiffel Tower?

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    Comment by Bayonette
    02:36 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So this construction claim is a bunch of BS? Man, if only there's proof that they have pre-fabricated materials and other claims such as the workforce.

    On the other hand, China needs to return its Confucianism roots as well as the old communist glory! Of course, I don't want a full return of Maoism!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:42 15/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If the KMT takes back China, then we'll finally see a return in Confuciansim. The commies hate Confucianism. Some of my Chinese friends don't even know who he is. = =

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anon 11:42

    Ah, that must be why the PRC government is funding Confucius Institutes around the world to spread both the language and the influence. Those 'Commies' sure hate Confucius. Or, maybe, your Chinese friends are illiterate halfwits like you yourself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:13 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    doing it in 15 days with parts already made and just ready to connect is possible, but only if all the parts where already made before hand. Thats said, the more quicker you try to build something, the more people you need but the more mistakes and accidents are likely to occur or happen. But for it to be resistance to a 9 mag quake is hard to believe, given it was tested at a chinese academy and more so that its made of chinese parts, put by chinese workers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I doubt you would see most of the buildings of this planet last for a hundred years. Sure buildings with 100+ even 200+ aren't really a rarity (depending on the region) but on the average their percentage is minimal at best.

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    Comment by cdp5280
    22:21 10/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I don't think I'd ever want to stay in a thirty story hotel that was built in only fifteen days. Especially one built by China. I wounder how long it'll stand.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think you would know for any other then that, because there are just to many buildings in China - and they won't sop building new ones. The faster the better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Until someone sneezes. Then it'll topple over.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 11/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Actually, I think it's rated to at least 3 sneezes. China's really been tightening its building codes lately.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 15/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But they do supply some furniture, any desk chair would do the trick. mind you made in china of course

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 14/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should at least equip the room with escape pod. Can be pretty damn quick :X

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    21:25 10/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Cool,a real 1/1 scaled prop for a disaster movie...

    Wait, it isn't?

    Honestly, I seriously don't think a structure meant to house living humans built in just about two weeks sound something you can feel proud about..

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    Comment by Satonaka
    05:12 11/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    SO they're filming a Michael Bay movie then? :O

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:12 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i think the correct word you are looking for is "assemble" not "built"

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What we know is that they have at least one minimally furnished room completed.

    Comment by Anonymous

    On the contrary, if it had been your own country which did this, you wouldn't say the same thing.

    This is called racism.

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    Comment by kamiru
    22:24 10/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    he's from the same country as myself. that's why i know we wont hesitate to bash our own country.

    heck we have a stadium which collapses on its own even when there where NO LOAD on it. we malaysians joke about it alot

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:29 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    To anon 01:06

    You can't always be proud you know. Sometimes you have to look at the faults around you too.

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    10:20 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Anon 01:06:
    Before you laugh at others, you have to learn to laugh at yourself. No country is perfect, and if you claim that yours is, you're just delusional...

    ...Anyway, I'm curious to see when something wrong's gonna happen to this building. Can it last for longer than it took to build it up?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    only thing i can boast about is that my country isnt dumb enough to put forth crappy architecture, this is some dangerous sh!t

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 11/01/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    you are a disgrace to your country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 10/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    A 30 story building within 15 days?

    I don't give a shit about who built this thing, that's NOT within my perception of the word "safety".

    Even the most basic and rudimentary safety procedures for every single story built would take a lot more time than this altogether.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:09 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    not built. assembled. hau haus pre-fab houses have already existed, and are still lasting (assembled in 1 day). so yes pre-fab houses can exist safely, but perhaps not these stories

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:18 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It take about a month for concrete to cure dumb ass. Look it up in any engineering/construction book.

    09:22 11/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would not stay in any 30 story building that was built in 15 days even if it was built in the US.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:14 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good luck finding anything in America made that fast, just repainting a bridge here in Philadelphia takes 5+ years.

    As for the Chinese "building", we all know its going to fail as bad as that highspeed rail's crash, I'm just hoping no people get hurt when it eventually comes falling down . . .

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 10/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    except it's not

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