China Quality Buildings “Truly Paper Thin”



The latest marvel of Chinese engineering to be doing the rounds online are some of the ultra-slim buildings of Shanghai, earning such high praise as “looking just like a movie set” and “being even thinner than Japan’s.”

Sadly the Chinese media have not seen fit to investigate just what is going on inside such edifices:







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    Avatar of Rene
    Comment by Rene
    21:02 05/01/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Look at how well China is doing!" -Nobody

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 06/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Actually everyone's been saying that since 1949

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:19 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The US, UK... Everyone does it. Even in Palo Alto they have this type of thing. Is just city planners want to make the place look bit nicer.

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    Comment by Rene
    03:28 06/01/2014 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Everyone does it, yes. More so in other countries than the US and the UK. Laos is a fucking hole outside of the tourist areas.

    But this literally looks like someone said "Ok, put that sign there. Good. Take the pictures and let's go." It looks near uninhabitable. I could be wrong, it could be a lovely area that's just perfect for students on a budget. But it's so...blatantly fake looking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:59 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't understand why everyone is sooooo surprised. Is like having a bunch of 10 year old on the internet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    11:19 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never seen a building like this in the US or UK before. And if it was built for habitation, they wouldn't be very likely to get away with it for very long...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:16 18/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I live in Southern California. I have personally seen many examples of this kind of construction.

    ihops occasionally have false second floors.
    And a lot of nice plazas/shopping areas have false facades to create a classy european/asian city atmosphere.

    Oh, and it definitely passes the capitalism test. I love having a nice out door meal under the stars surrounded by the impressive "architecture" without paying the insane prices you would if you were in the center of Paris.

    Oh and I believe it was New York, New York in Las Vegas also has a rather impressive false facade.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:25 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    top kek
    The closest the United States has ever come do that was when they built an artificial town for bomb testing. Outside of that and old west movie prop towns, nothing like that exists. America is far too capitalist driven for such falsities.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:17 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I've never heard of this sort of thing anywhere in the US. Our small apartments are studio apartments, and those at least have three dimensions to them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 07/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I live in Vancouver Canada area. I have not seen a single building like this even in the low income or ghetto areas. Even the homeless shelters we have here are better then this.

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    Comment by Indra EMC
    20:43 05/01/2014 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    North Korean already done that before, it's called "Propaganda Village" located near Panmunjom <-- (correct me if i didn't spell right) border with south korea, from outside it's looks like a great and prosperous village with apartment, nice houses, etc.

    but in reality, it is just a diorama, the building are paper thin like a billboard, everything else is empty.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 05/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    But those weren't intended for actual habitation. There's no propaganda about these buildings, they are actual homes for actual people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, you mean those are actual homes? I thought it was literally just a shop-front with some balconies above it.

    I really can't see these as anything more than a prop display. I mean does China not have wind storms?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 05/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You call that home? A simple fart in there is enough to explode the whole thing!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 05/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It looks more like a domino in the wind if you ask me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 06/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Chinese, ANYTHING chinese don't need any sort of assistance to explode. It just happens.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 05/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    a single kick to the building's center of gravity will do the job

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 08/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This must be chinas way of saying we'll deal with our overpopulation problems once and for all

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Woe be unto them if they get invaded by rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers, and Methodists!

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    Comment by Rya
    22:33 05/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    A russian invention to be precise: Potemkin villages.

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    Comment by cats2
    08:20 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pretty much, but it's debatable if China is dumb enough to think these are actually able to be used.

    The foundation on these buildings is just asking for them to collapse one way or another, for show or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:41 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    if China is dumb
    I thought that was proven long ago

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:52 05/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yes, but i assume people are supposed to actually live in these

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The reality is so baffled that these building don't implodes.

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    Comment by Rya
    20:36 05/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Slender: The Habitation

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thinner by Stephen King

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:58 05/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was wondering how they got so thin

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:25 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    well, land is expensive and lives are cheap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    straight out of the 2-D world

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:44 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    your mom's slender!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Looks like just a facade to me.

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    Comment by Rene
    00:11 06/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Honestly? I believe it is. This strikes me as a place they take pictures of for tourism.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Poor thing, didn't get the joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:43 05/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    chinese apartments: amerifat tenants need not apply

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:51 05/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Chinese civilization: Non-insects need not apply.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fun fact: Even though the overall obesity level in China is less than 5%, due to the country's massive population that still means that a full 1/5 of the world's obese population live in China (approximately 200 million), mostly in urban areas where fast food is predominant.

    So while China has a much, much, MUCH healthier ratio, its population of obese citizens still manages to double that of the US just due to population bloat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:13 07/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    5% of the China population is not 200 million, but 70 million. So, a bit more than 10% of the world's obese population, and about half as many as in just the US.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I think it's cute you think anyone besides the Chinese would want to live in China. Mind-stunningly stupid, but cute.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:32 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think it's cute that you think the Chinese want to live in China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You would be surprised. But it's useless to argue, you obviously know nothing, just spouting nonsense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe in the big, rich people quarter in China, but I bet not even Chinese want to live in this tiny house if they have the option.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >2D Buildings

    So that's where our waifus lives...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    3D building pig disgusting

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hay you know in China people still Shit where they ARE, like dead right there, so why not make all those urinals? those people shit on your foot on the bus and trains too. not even dogs in the usa shit on your foot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, you can hardly shit where you AREN'T, can you? ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    ...I'm a bit stumped on the planning phase, though. Perhaps a clever delivery system?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What's "Mind-stunningly stupid" is that no one took the time to Google this before commenting!

    It's an optical illusion of a triangular shaped building photographed from certain angles to make it appear flat.

    You all just prattle on with preconceived opinions based on prejudice and hate.

    Doesn't anyone Think?

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    Comment by Chen-04
    19:18 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You linked to the same exact pictures, y'know? Shouldn't you link to something that kinda proves your point?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 06/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know about the second one, but the building in the first set of pictures is indeed real. It's located in Ningbo Road (near the Bund) if I recall correctly and is actually quite famous - well, at leat among Shanghainese, I guess ...

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