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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High Plains Drifter's picture

Would you mind  working in a office in the top of this building oh say, during a Chinese earthquake?

Boilermaker's picture

Exactly, trying to equate this pre-fabbed shit box to the empire state building is a joke.

High Plains Drifter's picture

Isn't this the place where buildings that are under construction sometimes just fall over? Sorry but Chinese QC sucks. Also isn't this the same place that destroys godo buildings for no good reason and then builds other ones just to keep the slaves in bank notes?

John McCloy's picture

I am not trying to compare the structural integrity of the two buildings boiler. I want to say that attempting to build the ESB in under a year now would be impossible because of union bureaucracy and when we are looking at a nation that relies upon slave labor and so does now the U.S. as evidenced by FoxConn and Apple.

  I do not advocate either our nation or China exploiting their people yet now we understand why they are capturing wealth because they are a nation which manufactures and we are reliant upon a ponzi shell game to temporarily create jobs.


High Plains Drifter's picture

You know , we continually blame the unions in this country for a lot of things. Now mind you , they certainly aren't perfect to be blunt, but it is not the unions per se that forced international capital to flee. They are a convenient fall guy for this reason. No international capital fled because it is time to bring down the United States as a country in order to make it fit the mold chosen for it, in the new world order. Unions despite all of their warts gave us 40 hour work weeks and allowed many people to join the middle class and to live the (dare I say it) American dream , whatever that is. The problem is that international capital and its owners want the slaves to work at the rates that they choose for them. Not only do they have the power of the purse, they also want the power over your mind , body and spirit. Goes with the territory.

John McCloy's picture

Im not blaming union. I was a member of the Laborers when I was teen and I hail from a family of operating engineers and teamsters. Unions have become what they formally opposed unfortunately and yes you are completely correct that the MNEs want slave labor and the unions make themselves an easy target by becoming such a beauracracy and business agents who roll around all day on their union paid for cars enjoying all of the benefits the workers they represent that actually produce for this nation. 

    Much like our political system we need a back to the foundings in relation to American labor because they are going to become extinct through banker debt and eventually austerity.

High Plains Drifter's picture

Correct, but until we get control of our own money then we will never have control over anything. So, this takes us back to the beast doens't it? All roads lead to that contrivance, that was created in the dead of night on Christmas Eve, while the sheep were asleep, on December 24, 1913 , The FED. Unless we destroy this beast, we will never be able to acquire what we have lost.... the American dream. Now mind you some may say, well the American dream is to be rich and successful. I say no it was and never will be this. The American dream was all about liberty and freedom. That my friends was the American dream. George Carlin said one time, that we must be asleep to have it. I say, who among you is sick and tired of having to go to sleep to have it?  One can look on the highways and the byways of this country and see Harleys going here and there, grown men with their long hair flowing in the wind, tasting what they think is freedom , albeit for a short time. Why o why do we have to dream of it and pretend we have it? Why can't we have it now in our lifetimes? Why can't we have it now? Can you imagine how it must have been when the Americans defeated the British at Yorktown? Even for that brief moment before the banking class struggled to adjust their busy schedules to counter this event, perhaps as unwanted and surprising to them as it must have been, there was for this brief time, a complete free society here and it must have tasted sweet. No where in this world has this ever been achieved. No where and yet here we are, dying on the vine. Maybe hunger will be the catalyst to make the Americans stand up and notice, God only knows.

John McCloy's picture

Yes the bankers.
They want most of the reward for the minimal contribution.
They want to use their " intellect " as their contribtuion until this intellect turned out to be hubristic gambling that was paid for by the populace.
There is a place for bankers but not this beastly creation which is perverted and shares no risk.

Bananamerican's picture

There is a place for bankers...

The great marsh where The rivers Styx, Phlegethon, Acheron and Cocytus empty out

Real Estate Geek's picture

"Leave the gun.  Take the cannoli."


Bananamerican's picture

"they certainly aren't perfect to be blunt, but it is not the unions per se that forced international capital to flee. They are a convenient fall guy"

God yes. Don't they even "smell" like a CFG to the Rightists here in the same way that the housing bubble was blamed on Liberalz "forcing banks" to lend to poor people?

High Plains Drifter's picture

The housing crisis was orchestrated by the same people who made the Savings and loan crisis happen. Same song, different verse. Its all one big pump down and they are the pumpers and we are the pumpees.

dkny's picture

While the corrupt monetary gods are obviously at fault, there is no point to absolve the unions, since two examples are a pretty good indication of how resources are wasted: Janitors making over $100k/year - Doormen making $40k/year - I can't comment on the 40-hour remark since I haven't read any counter arguments, but it does ring hollow given that it assumes that the credit for past undertakings is somehow attributable to every current day union. Also, don't forget the minimum wage helps to keep many people unemployed, e.g. those many empty counters at banks, supermarkets, and post offices. Milton Friedman explains it pretty nicely in one video on youtube.

knukles's picture

One of my buds bought a Yugo once twith a sticker that said something about made in Neverneverland by Santa's competent elves on summer break in just under 15 minutes.  You all know how that turned out.

His Dudeness's picture

An hour later, you are hungry and working in 1st floor coffee shop!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The work crew erected the hotel -- a soundproofed, thermal-insulated structure reportedly built to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake -- with all prefabricated materials.

Did you see the lateral cross bracing in each section?

LowProfile's picture

I did.  Assuming there's no problem in the materials (bad steel, plastic that doesn't weather well), that claim is almost certainly valid.

knukles's picture

But Cog, my son once had lateral cross bracing in his Master Lego set that didn't last worth a piss either.  Something about appearances, books and covers....  Oh and BTW, it looked like they were securing the mighty cross braced panels to one another with sheet metal screws....  Never mind.

Bananamerican's picture

Magnitude 9? well yeah...It's the magnitude 4's ya gotta worry about.

cougar_w's picture

What little I saw of the fasteners was alarming, though. No welding visible in the night shots. Built with hand tools, it looked like.

I wouldn't stand within 500 feet of the place.

malek's picture

While I have seen stronger cross bracing here in Bay area buildings, the steel frame structure with apparently very light-weight construction of walls etc. makes me say:

dogbreath's picture

lets just move New York to the earthquake zone in western Sichuan province and see how it stands up.

RockyRacoon's picture

Don't fret it, McCloy.  It was a modern example of what used to be called a salesman's sample.  Just in full size.

His Dudeness's picture

With 16 floors... you get EGGROLL!

DonnieD's picture

I'll take the happy ending.

His Dudeness's picture

Sorry Donnie,

WBanzai7 says (roughly) that you cannot have sex with a Chinaman....

How about extra pineapple slices?

Problem Is's picture

Don't Get Cocky, China
The US Government says a single Boeing can bring that steel reinforced concrete sucker down roughly 1:15 after impact...

Or a crazy disgruntled Chinese army vet can drive a Hunan Rental Truck full of fertilizer and diesel in front and blow the face off of that sucker...

No Really China.. It's True!
Our government does not engage in Conspiracy theories..

High Plains Drifter's picture

That's right. All one has to do , to bring this building down, is to ram it with a airplane and when this happens, it falls to the ground at breakneck speed and it immediately turns to fine dust. No pancake theories allowed. And even though everything in the building has been turned into fine dust, somehow the identity papers of the men who did this thing are found in the debree by FBI agents. Drink up and taste that good coffee.

Problem Is's picture

The Chinese and the FBI will pin it on 19 Zero Hedge commenters that took flight training in a Florida strip club...

I bet Turd and CD will be on that list...

High Plains Drifter's picture

Yeh you are right. Some of us did learn how to fly the big jets but we never learned to land them of course since we did not need to know how to land them. We all learned how to fly the big jets by taking flying lessons in CIA backed airplane flying schools in Florida, by flying Piper Cubs around for a while and playing in flight simulators. We are guilty as sin too buddy. It was those wascally zerohedge conspiracy pilots that did this job.

Shameful's picture

Nah bring down a pair of buildings near it.  We have proof that if you bring down two buildings near a 3rd the third will collapse at free fall speed into it's own foot print.

shortus cynicus's picture

Yes, but only if it contains some confidential files about grade financial scandals.

It could be new export hit from USA: tons of fraud files, easy applicable for bringing down any concrete-reinforced structure. Just put it in and put in fire, than call fire department they should 'pool it'. No need to pay for any expensiv demolition squad.

Problem Is's picture


Wall Street already exported tons of fraud files...

They are called Mortgage Backed Securities...

knukles's picture

How about bump it with a rusted 1981 Yugo the brakes of whch never worked right.

still kicking's picture

Fuck you dude, I'm from Oklahoma City, that shits not funny even in this context.

still kicking's picture

And fuck you whoever junked me.

Problem Is's picture

Looky Here... Boy...
Who Said Anything About Oklahoma?

What Goes Around, Comes Around <Junk>Boy
Just because it was your local stations that reported the day of the bombing:

"KWTV-9, KFOR TV-5 and Channel 4 News all accurately reported and  confirmed by rescuers, state, local and federal officials that a total of three bombs had been placed inside the Murrah building. "

"Reporters at the scene confirmed that the two other bombs were larger than the first one, and that the bomb that had exploded blew up inside the building"

"TV-9 reported that "the U.S. Justice Department has confirmed" that other bombs were found in the structure."

Don't take it out on us...
We were just talking about a hotel in China... :>|

Bob's picture

Okies get an exemption from humor, now? 

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DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Peru does street and freeway construction super-fast vs. what I see here in the USA.  In the last two cities I lived in, it took MANY years to build/rebuild freeways.

In Lima, they started from scratch and completely built a freeway (approx. 5 miles) in a little over a year.  Start to finish.

Maos Dog's picture

You guys effin kidding me?

It takes MONTHS to build a effin 599 sqft guest house here in the states, every time you complete a singe step you need to call and wait for an inspection and approval to go forward. And yes, this is even in the middle of the effin swamp! Inspector needs to drive 25 miles to get here and they still code this place like the city. I moved to the swamp to get away from this kind of nonsense.

It's amazing that anything at all gets done in this country.

NotApplicable's picture

That's why God made trailers!

Besides, I hear that gators like gov. employees since they're so soft and fat.

RockyRacoon's picture

Gators have learned better:  Indigestion and diarrhea.

knukles's picture

A 5 mile freeway,
From Lima city center to the wilds sheltering the Great Shining Path Gorillas in less than a year.
And yes, I've spent time in Lima.  Where a couple of American turistas bought a 10 year hospital supply 10 gallon plastic jug of Quaaludes and were eating them literally by the hand-full. 
One of 'em tried to pick up a hot cup of coffee and poured it in his lap in slow motion and started screaming whilst he couldn't get up.  Was funny shit, man.
We left before the animal doctors arrived along with the Poliziadadios

5 mile freeway stuff, indeed.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

You can buy Quaaludes in Lima?  I did not know that, I will investigate next time I am there...

The freeway I mention used to be Av. Javier Prado.  The express part ends just before Plaza Camacho.  Not quite Sendero Luminoso country!  My in-laws used to live just beyond there.

Liked your story about American dumbasses wolfing down Qs and drinking coffee, don't Quaalude and drink coffee at the same time, LOL...

Ragnarok's picture

Building safety?  How much concrete did they use and did it set properly?  I will give China this though, if it collapse they'll take the engineers head.  Reminds me of Dubai, the shittiest construction I've every seen.

High Plains Drifter's picture

Compare a chinese made drill press to a American made one.  With the Chinese press, instead of drilling a hole, you wallow the hole out. Lots of wobble. But what the hey. Its cheaper than a American press and we all want more money on our bottom lines. This is one reason why so many container ships lie off shore of Long Beach, California, waiting to unload their junk at a former US Naval Base that was generously leased to COSCO during the Clinton Administration , in 1997. They shipped our jobs there and now they dump their junk here and you know what? We buy the crap. We sometimes are our own worst enemies.