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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lieutenantjohnchard's picture

as opposed to anti-chinese which i am. i'm one of those odd ducks that shops by label. if it's chinese i put it down.

sgt_doom's picture

Hey, didn't the Chinese invent the Laserjet, the PC, the Mac, and a bunch TV?

Or was that those Punjabis, who keep claiming they did it?

I get so easily confused, but then, I am an American.

Who understands arithmetic, math, forensic econ and some other stuff, which is why I wonder about some of the consumertards posting here recently (Ya know, those PalinHeads and Beckerheads)

DonnieD's picture

In related news, Richard Trumka just shit in his pants.

f16hoser's picture

Apparently they work on salary and not by the hour!

His Dudeness's picture

New Olympic Sport?

pamriallc's picture

very very funny....   regardless, it's the Chinese version of "rebuild that house" on Cable TV and the reality is that it's pretty impressive to be able to pull this thing off, regardless of details, and the people obviously had a blast putting it up that quickly.

redpill's picture

They built it for Obama's state visit, Shanghai ran out of hotel space for his entourage...

g3h's picture

China can work on 3 shifts, literally 24 hours a day.

The United Stated?  Unions.

Silverhog's picture

Looks like the Girder & Panel Building Set I got for Christmas in 1959.

Batty Koda's picture

Central planning is inefficient... lol

ThreeTrees's picture

Wait til the bubble bursts.

Caviar Emptor's picture

Short yuppies....long chuppies

LongSoupLine's picture

1) Obviously NOT union labor.

2) Instant GDP frontload, just add new empty buildings and cities.

dark pools of soros's picture

exactly.. they totally worked themselves outta a job...

Sean7k's picture

So, the chinese are to be congratulated because they have mastered premature ejaculation? 

If I were the Chinese, I would focus more on feeding people- they are about to take the step of price controls on food. How many times has that failed? Every time. 

Quality control has many benefits. Environmental pollution controls are pretty important- that whole air, food, water thingy.

Videos of industrial semen- not what I would want to be known for.

Spalding_Smailes's picture

Hey at least the concrete is well made, no cracks ... Lol'

His Dudeness's picture

Australians have a keen nose for skate parks!

You can look it up! Go ahead, I'll wait...




See!!!! I told you!!!!!!

Their '360' moves of course go the other way. It's a rule.'s picture

that was a cool skateboard park. damn fine. looked like it had various skill levels. ride your BMX bike in it, i wonder? bet skateboarding doesn't pick up in china any time soon. chinese seem to just want to sight see in groups and wave little same color flags to each other and talk on cell phones and honk their car horns, a lot. can't chew gum and skateboard all at the same time. hey, did you hear me when i honked at you? non stop honking in beijing anyway.

tahoebumsmith's picture

And it will just sit there empty.  Just another toxic building that will be torn down in 5 years so they can do it all over again. Sucks to have 1.4 billion people to employ and feed. Imagine what the impact on the global economy will be when thier bubble gets popped? Hope everyone is prepared because it will be ugly.

romanko's picture

Actually, they "assembled" it in 6 days - most likely the pre-fab components took months to design, build, and transport to site. It didn't hurt having a dozen cranes at the project and about 3000 slaves on site. Why no mention about how long the foundation took to lay down? Typically the below-grade part of a building takes the longest to construct, above ground it goes up quite fast. Perhaps this hotel has no foundation.

This is nothing more than a communist publicity stunt.

The chineese didn't invent pre-fab buildings, nothing new here.

Segestan's picture

Exactly... just think of the fire coating , plumping , electrical . drywall , painting, cabinets, carpets . This is just an empty shell frame waiting on a customer. But hey these ZH socialist kiss asses like anything commie.

dark pools of soros's picture

did it come pre-wired with explosives for the eventual false flag event?

Lucky Guesst's picture

I'm not sure. I did notice in the brochure that the central vacuum units came with a free cervical attachment.

CitizenPete's picture

"Hey Mr. Won. I need a building for my new company, by next week."

This was not only a demonstration of excellent construction (building craft), but also excellent supply chain, design, and overall project management. I wonder if the design has good seismic abilities.

The Japanese have a design for a concrete skyscraper that is built up from a central core column, concrete is prefab not in-situ, and the structure installed without ANY bolting of the steel. All JIT construction.

Caviar Emptor's picture

Once upon a time Americans boasted putting up a building in only a month. And the English used to mutter about "poor quality" and "rush jobs" that were doomed. :) Times do change.

His Dudeness's picture

Chinaman + Bathtub + Beans = Chinese Bubble!

The_Dude's picture

C'mon...we can do the same thing in the same amount of time if the bureaucrats and unions got out of the way.


Houses built in 2 days and buildings built in 6 days is not unheard of.

dark pools of soros's picture

is it infested with bed bugs yet?

Buzz Fuzzel's picture

It is no accident that it is a Red building.  Nice stunt.

TuffsNotEnuff's picture

Bureaucrats, unions, commies, Chinese bubble, no slave here bud, chi.coms, etc.

Trying to compare a simple profitable commercial building with the always-loses-money-subsidized-with-government-rentals Empire State Building....

Anybody sober today ???

BTW: yeah, the guy writing about pollution. Somebody is sober.

Kryten451's picture

Yea, theyre good but do they have Corexit ?

Crabshack's picture

Nothing wrong with the standards; would probably be on par or better than anything built in NA.  The speed comes from using CoreSlab - concrete panels which are all premade, precurred and drilled for lights/elec off site.  When we build in North America, each floor is framed up, poured, curred for 10 days, forms removed and up to the next floor.  The other trades work in the floors below.  

The only thing that would be unnacceptable in North America is having the workers below the CoreSlab that is being installed.  If something happened, then a couple thousand pound hunk of concrete would drop through a few floors and kill the workers.  

Otherwise it is a good building.  You really need a centrally planned area to do this.  If a General Contractor was awarded a building they would need months of lead time to build this way.  Super detailed drawings because it has to fit perfectly.  Months of creating all the steel beams, months creating all of the Concrete floor pieces, etc.  Not many General Contractors could front the cost of a whole building without being paid.  The floor by floor approach with progress billing monthly is a little easier on the cash flow. 

Cooper Marl's picture

I concur with your statements.  The key is the prior planning and production, this building was built in factories with much detailed planning.  Erection was six days, but I would guess planning at two to three years.  How many cranes going at one time...I have not seen that many on any site, ever.  This is a doeable project, I would expect they could cut the time to five days.  Could easily be done here in the US, if there was a need to do so.

aldousd's picture

This makes Extreme Home Makeover look like an Erector Set.

DosZap's picture

As an individual in the Construction Industry for over 30+ yrs, I can see why the unit was erected so quickly.

The workers, wore no saftey harnesses, belts, etc.

The building codes here, and saftey mandates would have cost them several more days, if not weeks.

But, then China has not been one to worry about a dead Chinese worker here or there, ever.

I would put an American building toe to toe with that one, and I know which one I would rather be in if a major storm, or disaster happened.

I saw no concrete, or rebar columns.( may have been some, just too fast for me to see).

It was a very good and fast way to slap up a modern building.

And, I can easily see the cost savings............much of it saftey, v.s. speed.

The Answer Is 42's picture

Yeah right, no concrete or rebar columns in them Chinese buildings. How much longer can America carry on with such mind boggling stupidity and arrogance?

lolmaster's picture

get yer ass back to the SEIU, ye prole

szjon's picture

America was an emerging economy while Britain was declining, China is an emerging economy now America is declining. It's really quite simple.


Those lads that built the empire state building were wearing harnesses?


The big question is, will the Chinese make a better or worse job of it than the Americans did?

Black Forest's picture

What about the european-style castle, 18th century in the lower left part at about 2:00 mins? Doesn't look like inherent to China.

mt paul's picture


builds some nice walls too

long chop styx

brewcity12802's picture

I assume they are not union, lol


Anarchist's picture

I guess most of you guys have never seen tilt-up construction. Most large concrete buildings in South FL are built that way.


ihedgemyhedges's picture

I wonder how long it would've taken the Chinese to build Cowboys Stadium in Arlington?  Like a lot buildings in China, it's going to waste too.............

grunk's picture

I wonder if they used any Chinese drywall?

Yancey Ward's picture

We should have hired the Chinese to rebuild Ground Zero.  At least they might finish it before the century anniversary of 9/11.

Brother Revegend Magoun's picture

American builders are f*cked... yes, sad but true..

anarchonomics's picture

I bet it will handle false flag attacks better than WTC7