Stunning Time Lapse Video Of China Completing 15 Story Hotel In 6 Days

Tyler Durden's picture

Repeat after us - there is no Chinese bubble </sarc>.

Although none is needed, here is some commentary

As the United States and China battle over the finer points of currency manipulation at the G-20 summit, American negotiators may want to take note of this startling testimonial to the productivity of Chinese workers: A construction crew in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha has completed a 15-story hotel in just six days. If nothing else, this remarkable achievement will stoke further complaints from American economic pundits that China's economy is far more accomplished than ours in tending to such basics as construction.

The work crew erected the hotel -- a soundproofed, thermal-insulated structure reportedly built to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake -- with all prefabricated materials. In other words, a crew of off-site factory workers built the sections, and their on-site counterparts arranged them on the foundation for the Ark project.

h/t Clavin

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tmosley's picture

The explosions make it go faster.

snowball777's picture

At least until it reaches terminal velocity.

hbjork1's picture

Central planning, prefab and a selected workforce= shell up.  Quality of interior, elevators, plumbing, amenities very likely to be finished later (much later?).


kinetik's picture

Hilarious, look at the piles.  Aren't they supposed to fill hollow piles after they've been driven?

shortus cynicus's picture

Really stunning. On the other way I must admit it has fallen without falling apart. So it was  build well above a ground, but some fat finger made wrong basement drawings.

kinetik's picture

Found this on some website:  "According to the Chinese Press, the fall was caused by a late change to the design — a garage was being excavated on the south side of the building; the excavated material was piled on the north side. When it rained the extra lateral pressure (maybe 3000 tonnes) was over the design load of the pilings, which snapped."

caconhma's picture

American Empire is about to fall.

The Soviet empire collapsed just 20 years ago. Looks like nobody learned anything. Socialism combined with a central planning system and "a human face" does not work.

A long time ago, I came to America from the Soviet Union. Back there, people believed that USSR will last forever. But an empire built on lies and demagoguery could not last for ever. It was not America or Ronald Reagan who destroyed USSR. It was corruption at all levels of government and society that killed them.

Now, I am seeing in America all the same ills that killed USSR. It is a very sad story. Unfortunately, I do not see anything to reverse an American march to an abyss and civil unrest.

My first boss in America was a Chinese man. He was an immigrant from Taiwan with a PhD from MIT. He told me that he did not like hire Americans since they are too lazy. He was very fare and very good. For the last 30 years in America, I worked with many Americans and he was one of the best. Trust me Chinese have very capable people. Do not underestimate them. They are on a move.

Imminent Crucible's picture

Completed in six days?  I don't think so. In the last daylight sequence they're still putting the exterior facade panels on.

They assembled a 15-storey shell in six days, not a completed hotel.  Still, a nice trick--but nothing like what's implied: wiring, plumbing, HVAC, all the interior appointments and fixtures, trim, wallpaper, drop ceilings, carpet, etc.

Heck, I've pulled more than a mile of cable in a single residence.  That box would have many miles of fiber lines and security wiring, etc.

Also, there's something odd about the last 20 seconds or so. The sky is changing, the sun arcing overhead, clouds zipping past--but no apparent change in the shadows and lighting on the building itself.  Doesn't look real.

Hey, far be it from me to suggest that the Chinese might doctor a propaganda stunt a little, but....

Oligarchs Gone Wild's picture

Don't forget the Chinese empty city of Ordos, where all the real estate is sold, but nobody has moved in.  Video from about a year ago, watch from 1:13 on.  Wonder how it's doing today.


MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

If you don't look directly at it -- you know, look sort of out of the corners of your eyes -- and DON'T BLINK, then you can see the people of Ordos...

Sort of.  </sarcasm>

Clayton Bigsby's picture

1 question - 1 comment - how long till the fucking thing falls over?   aaand, too bad there are no guests to stay in it

kinda reminds me of the saying (what was that movie?) "What's your dirt doing in my hole?"

Pez's picture

See, that means they can re-use the concrete that hasn't set yet!

Moby's picture

Communism never changes ... this is nothing more than a modern "green" version of the old Soviet era apartment block (ref. image link).


superman07's picture

look at the blue sky in the end, this is obviously a "prepared" video full of much deception.

dogbreath's picture

obviously,  really? 


Boilermaker's picture

I've been to China many times and don't remember even seeing a sky yet alone a blue one.  Of course, my eyes were burning and tearing like hell from the deisel fumes know.

Anarchist's picture


I too have been to China numerous times. I have seen perfectly clear blue sky the majority of times in the south and most the days I have spent in Beijing.

I guess you never make it to some of the $hitholes we have in this country. Why don't you explain the off the hook cancer and retardation rates we have in this perfect country?

Boilermaker's picture

Aw, shucks, you got me.  China isn't a polluted shit hole.  Now, if you could just convince every single fucking authority on the matter that seems to 'think so' also.

Good luck with all that.

Captain Courageous's picture you wear a ski mask while you type?


sgt_doom's picture

That was the ceiling of the brothel you were staring at, nimrod....

Green Leader's picture

"Why don't you explain the off the hook cancer and retardation rates we have in this perfect country?"


dogbreath's picture

Beijing in the late august and september gets stunning blue skys when the air flow shifts to  a north west flow.  Summer is 40c and hummidity vapor to 35000 ft. 

Anarchist's picture

Just got back from Beijing where I worked a trade show. It was smoggy the first day and then it rained. It was then gorgeous the next 10 days, not a cloud in the sky. My multiple trips to north, south and east China have generally been smog free. I never stay long enough to know the general smog conditions. Does not seem to be much worse than some Japanese cities when I used to work there.

The dip$hits who constantly rag on China and the Chinese haven't a clue. They think the US is 1000x better than China. The US has huge pollution and tainted food problems too but they are hidden well by the government and big business. This country needs big enema to cleanse itself of the crooks, morons and sheep that infest this country.

Mr Vepr Vyatskie's picture

Shit, who would be left?

A few Amish people, one congressman;), a bunch of gun owners, and Mr. T?

Fuck yeah, and these are the same people I plan to contact in the case of a zombie virus outbreak.

carbon's picture

zerohedge is the best site there is

It is a slow day in a small Florida town and streets are deserted. Times are tough, 

everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit


A rich tourist drives through town, stops at the motel, 

and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to 

inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night.

As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs 

the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to 

retire his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay 

his bill to his supplier, .the Farmer's Co-op

The guy at the Farmer's Co-op takes the $100 and runs 

to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been 

facing hard times and has had to offer her "services" on credit.

The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays 

off her room bill with the hotel owner.

The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter 

so the rich traveler will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, 

states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves town.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything

However, the whole town is now out of debt and 

now looks to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the 

United States Government is conducting business today 


Green Leader's picture

I saw the chemtrails.

This is world wide.

Cathartes Aura's picture

dejunked.  I noticed them too.

really people, a lot of this is already search-able on the internet, should you care to add to your knowledge.

Chinese meteorologists say they brought about Beijing's earliest snowfall in a decade, after seeding rain clouds with silver iodide to ease a drought.

The Weather Modification Office sprayed clouds with 186 doses of the chemical to bring rain for the wheat crop, the Beijing Evening News said.

and more, of course.

DavidPierre's picture

How to take a 47 story building down in 8 seconds...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

That just goes to prove that New York City fires burn hotter. Much hotter than nature can ever achieve anywhere else. And New York City fires destroy all structural support elements at exactly the same instant, thus completely collapsing and putting itself out in 8 to 10 seconds. Except for the 1500 degree fires in the basement that last for weeks afterwards.

The Big Apple. A great place to have a fire.

Rick Masters's picture

This is excactly right CD. It's the same as in "My Cousin Vinny" where Joe Pesci points out that that one guy's grits cook faster then other people's cause his kitchen is imprevious to the laws of Physics!

DavidPierre's picture


WTC 7 - Penthouse Collapse Missing

Between 0:34 and 0:35, the collapse of the east penthouse has been cut from this footage.


BobPaulson's picture

It would be an excellent place to build a foundry since you can achieve adaiabatic flame temperatures above the melting point of concrete or steel even with non stoichiometric combustion of jet fuel in a non refractory lined space radiating to surroundings at 300K. Not only that, this has been investigated and proven true by the top scientists in the country who are experts in combustion so you don't need any discussion of this in peer reviewed scientific literature.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

Hot enough to melt all that gold into CO2 and water, dirt, something other than the element Au.

BobPaulson's picture

Just need some fissile gold and enough neutron flux and you can turn gold into straw!

I think I was junked for my lack of knowledge in thermodynamics and chemistry. Time to go back and get another Ph.D. I guess.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Well, you did introduce the red herring question of what is the melting point of steel...and then on on top of that the melting point of concrete...a substance that doesn't melt so much as chemically decompose under sufficiently high heat.   But I digress on the matter of concrete.   My main beef is the the mention of the melting point of steel, which is irrelevant.   The question of interest concern measures of the strength of structural steel versus temperature, not the red herring question of what temperature steel melts at...because a steel building collapse would occur long before the load bearing steel could reach the temperature  at which said steel melts.

So, long story short, if you have a PhD in thermo and so forth, why is the red herring questiobn of the melting point of steel (or concrete for fffs sake) flapping around there in the middle of your otherwise erudite sounding post?

Jean Valjean's picture

Because he's nuts, just like CD?

BobPaulson's picture

Look at a graph of the Youngs Modulus of steel vs. temp or the UTS vs. temp. (but not to try to add seriousness to the surreal and farcical "scientific explanation" of a building structure simultaneously failing uniformly on every floor because of a fire).