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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Cistercian's picture

 I thought it was a great post, it was hilarious.


Nostradumbass's picture


No, Bob,

I think you were junked because the thread has begun to move into scary territory now and it is getting near bedtime on the east coast so we don't want any nightmares.


But I think your knowledge of the science of physics/thermodynamics is swell!


knukles's picture

Aw, pshaw. 
None of the gold in the ViaMat warehouse in the Trade Center melted.  It was shipped out before the accidental demise of the towers just by luck because it hadn't been fondled and polishedby some fetish laden important body.  And twizzlefucks, t'was never for that matter a major insurance claim filed as it wasn't insured anyhow and nobody ever reported a major write down as a result of the stuff getting squashed to death that I remember either.  Plus the fellow responsible for the records disappeared shortly thereafter as did the accompanying paper inventory and accounting sheets even though supposedly many surrounding days information was still available.

OK, whose hiding the sausage, eh? 

Papa Legba's picture

Architecture smarchitecture.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Yep, pretty soon these construction guys will be building hotels for no one, and bridges to nowhere!  Just like the US gov't, the Chinese have been making promises they will not be able to keep, and things will surely get messy.

djsmps's picture

Sorry. I don't want to stay in it.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I see Chinese people..........efficient Chinese people.

TuffsNotEnuff's picture

Chinese high school grads... making $1.50 an hour.

As compared with American high school grads... who make $17 an hour and sit around looking at the WTC hole in the ground.

Chinese management... competent.

American management... who, what, where, when ???

tmosley's picture

Hey, I resemble that comment.

dogbreath's picture

$1.50 or about 12rmb will buy wou a very yummy lunch in china.  I can't find a comprabably yummy lunch here.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

That's fine for wou but what about me?

DocLogo's picture

The Chinese are the Amish of Asia

downrodeo's picture

and the strangest analogy of the day award goes to...

Grace's picture


The Amish are exceptional crafstmen, careful and build things to last.

They are also careful stewards of their environment, and put the well being of the land, the community and each other before any other goal (except service to God.)

Perhaps you were joking and I missed it - as there is NO COMPARISON.

Max Hunter's picture

I worked in a cabinet factory shortly after high school with about a 40% amish factor.. They are the same as everyone else..  They don't work any harder and they are no more pleasant to be around than the yanks... I know of what I speak.. Been around many of them.. I know everyone likes to put them in a light like you did... but it's simply not true..

Grace's picture

Hunter - I respect your observation - but your observations are different from my own. I live in a county with a large Amish population, alongside them. I see the way they work together, cooperate, raise their children, and the product of their labors (for themselves, not for resale to the tourists or non-Amish owned businesses many of them work for.) I see how they save their money and spend their money, and how they treat their land, grow their food, and prepare it, raise their animals, etc.
Yes, people are people. And its true that the Amish have little respect for the "yanks" (becuase most yanks have little respect for themselves when it comes down to it) or the way yanks behave, conduct business, etc. But that is precisely my point.
Do I agree with everything the Amish stand for? No? Does it work well for them? Yes. And it has for more than 500 years, without a collapse, a war, a famine, or any great catastrophe of their own creation. Nope. They have found a way to coexist just about perfectly w/ the envirnment on the fringes of a twisted and violent society without a lot of major difficulty. And they live to an extremely good standard, if you count a strong and supportive family, community, clean air, clean water, great food, and useful employment as your high standard. I do. So yeah... While it's not Utopia, it's a damn sight better than 90% of Americans live, and orders of magnitude different than China. Period.

Just my daily observation.

Grace's picture

Sorry About the double post. Idiot. Idiot. Idiot.

SheHunter's picture

You ought to see the gardens they have in N central WY.  No one else can grow anything outside the very narrow growing season and the Amish communities have constructed these awesome paritally underground 100 X 30 foot gardens that can be covered or allowed to stay open.  They have adjustable solar panels so sunlight can be pointed into the landscapes regardless of time of day.  Fruit trees, vegies, herbs...thriving in January in windy cold snow-covered WY.  These folk have my utter respect. 

RockyRacoon's picture

Did I miss it?  Where was the sheetrock, drapes, carpets, furniture, door units, etc.

Ok, so they built a prefab shell of no use to anyone except pigeons.

There was a definite end point with no further progress.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Looks like you did miss it. In the "commentary" link Tyler provided there are several links to specific stories. And the video showed a quick shot near the beginning of an interior wall going up complete with insulation and Sheetrock.

Six days. That's how long it took to build this level 9 Earthquake-resistant, sound-proofed, thermal-insulated 15-story hotel in Changsha, complete with everything, from the cabling to three-pane windows. The foundations were already built, but it's just impressive.


The wonders of prefabricated construction modules and modern construction techniques will never cease to amaze me. I just can't understand why every single building is not pre-made in factories first, for optimal energy, material and time savings, not to talk about a more efficient and cheaper end result and, in the case of the Ark Hotel, only 1% construction waste.

RockyRacoon's picture

By golly!  I stand corrected.  So, it's a multi-story mobile home.

Thanks, CD.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Can someone please explain to me why this article is stirring up the ZH hornets nest? Are we feeling so impotent and defeated that we must find relief bashing the Chinese and each other?

Cheesy Bastard's picture

Yes, we are feeling impotent and defeated.  We built the entire Empire State building in 410 days.  We still have nothing more than a hole in the ground at Ground zero 8 years later.  Frustrating.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

And you can't see that this is exactly what the master wants you to feel? Amazing.

Cheesy Bastard's picture

Wow, I have been Cog Dissed!  Cool.  In 1945 a B 25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State building.  I'm pretty sure they just dusted that sonofabitch off and went about thier business.  Maybe rose colored glasses about the past.  I guess I am angry about many things the master does.  That does not mean I am sitting around crying, Spartacus.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I'm pretty sure they just dusted that sonofabitch off and went about thier business. 

You'd be wrong. Do some real research.

That does not mean I am sitting around crying, Spartacus.

Actually it sounds like you are. What are you doing about what makes you angry out in the real world?

Cheesy Bastard's picture

They had to do some minor construction.  Minor compared to 911 anyway.  Real research.

I bought 20 oz silver today, I am helping my family and neighbors become independant and prepare for the worst (but hope and pray for the best), and am raising 4 children who will not rely on you for thier livelihood or anything else.  I am involved in local politics and volunteer some of the little time I have there.  I do much more, but this is becomming a lengthy comment.  As much as I would like to run around telling everyone to look at my "long post",  I think I will move on.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Bye bye. When you've doubled your time here on ZH to 10 weeks, let's chat again darling.

Cheesy Bastard's picture

Yeah, I guess I don't have any zerohedge street cred.  We all know what you do around here though, so if I want any more shit from you I'll just scrape it off your nose.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I thought you were moving on? And we can all see you got your ZH street cred the cheap way, from Cheeky Bastard.

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

I live in a mid size beach resort town in Florida. Along the beach there are about a dozen large holes, some with completed underground parking, that were going to be completed hotels/condos. All building stopped about four years ago.

Nearby, on the river, two completed condo towers have remained empty for the past three years because they began leaning at precarious angles to vertical about the time they were completed. The buildings are 14 stories high. They remain without occupancy permits and totally empty. The buildings are on about 6 acres of prime riverfront property with accompanying shopping, restaurants, etc., all empty.

Lots of litigation because of pre-sales. Lots of banks/individuals are losing their shirts because these buildings will be demolished. Engineering studies have shown that there is no fix to save them.

Just a little anecdotal info for those interested.

KTV Escort's picture

Agree CD (re: impotent). In the days following the opening ceremonies of the '08 Beijing Summer Games, which I consider to be the single greatest cultural event in human history, not a single major US magazine had a cover story about it. The Chinese blew everyone's shit away that night.

If anyone ever ventures into Changsha, definitely go visit Yuelu Academy (1,000 year old school resting at the foot of Yuelu Mountain), an amazing place where one can imagine robed scholars and students roaming a myriad of gardens and enchanting architecture, or under the magnificent trees.

Oh, and the nightlife in Changsha can't be beat. Every night is Saturday night. Some of the clubs are like a 3 ring circus on steroids, with a camaraderie inside that's intoxicating in itself. Had the time of my life there.

Miles Kendig's picture

Rocks, those are called row homes in Penna...

RockyRacoon's picture

Yep.  Got that.  After WWII there were some real shacks thrown up (pun intended) around the U. S. for the GIs coming home.  I think they were called 235s or something for the gov't program.  Anywho, the Chinese building project was a stunt -- tell me it's not.

Econmike's picture

No need to be oxymoronic. Chinese are efficient at lying, stealing and cheating. Ask anyone who sources from china.

Lord Koos's picture

Having had some intimate access to the Chinese, I would say that unfortunately by and large your generalization has some merit.  This is partially a creation of the enormous population which makes almost everyone's behavior ruthlessly competitive.

Spalding_Smailes's picture

China's Empty Cities -  China GDP/Explained.

iamse7en's picture

Yeah, I seen this before. China is still a very managed and centrally planned economy. They're not screwed like we are, but they'll have their issues by and by due to excess regulation and economic tinkering...

arkady's picture

Dont forget, most of their economy is booming based on a central directive.  They have a bubble in housing that will make America look like a walk in the park.  Chinese are buying condos for investment purposes only, entire swaths of them.  Prices have exceeded incomes by magnitudes hard to comprehend.


Our pseudo-socialist centrally planned Federal Reserve bubbles are violent, imagine what the Chinese ones will look like.

Spalding_Smailes's picture

Thanks to successive years of fast economic growth and even faster government revenue growth, the official debt-to-GDP ratio was 17.7% at the end of last year, far lower than almost any other major economy.

The trouble is that excludes local government borrowing, the current surge in loans backstopped by Beijing and bad assets cleared from the banking system but still floating about.

When all are thrown into the pot, analysts estimate that China's debt may be closer to 60% of GDP, putting it in virtually the same league as the United States, which was at 70% at the end of 2008 before it launched its massive economic stimulus program.

arkady's picture

Thanks for that, that is consistent with what I have been reading about the China boom myself.  One of the most incredible aspects about China is their GDP numbers.  Apparently GDP numbers are set by localities BEFOREHAND.  So unlike most other places where GDPs are a measurement of total domestic product, China sets a target and then the Chinese workers do whatever has to be done to achieve that output. 


Talk about perverse.

LowProfile's picture

Agreed.  They are screwed in an entirely different way. 

We have shit (dollars) that nobody will want, they have shit (buildings) that nobody will need.

At least we still have decent farmland and water.

RECISION's picture

they have shit (buildings) that nobody will need.

Actually, they do need the buildings, the problem isn't the demand, it's the price.

Some-one is going to have to take a shellacking on the cost of all the property investment.

Hmmm... why does that sound familiar...

ranrun's picture

i see empty homes for all the americans who will start emigrating.  stay here and be a slave? or leave, make a living, and be able to keep it?

Spalding_Smailes's picture

No slave here bud. I have no debt clean air,water. I love the USA do what I want, its a free country....

Going hunting in the Wisconsin next week with my gun.



China will blow mid-summer of next year after her 7th-8th rate hike, enjoy.

TonyV's picture

That's great. Don't forget that if you come from out of state your deer hunting license is $160 and then an extra $25 if you hunt in public land.

John McCloy's picture

Might be the scariest thing I have ever witnessed. We are in serious trouble and have come quite a ways since we built the Empire State Building in 14 months in the 1930's.