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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Incubus's picture

I bet we could put up some super walmarts in less than six days in the good ol' USA.


We're lost.  Culture of profits, and not even that: a culture of the illusion of success.


As long as there's a line of credit, there's a way! 

Fíréan's picture

Wouldn't doubt that all the off topic bickering is representative of each countries construction staff : while the chinese get on and do the job,stay on topic, where as most westerners, as is representative in the reply section here, are too busy argueing about non relevant, off the topic matters, f'all gets done.

EvlTheCat's picture

I guess there is no more disputing how the Prymids were built.  Non stop human toil.  Chineese "freedom" and advancement the wave of the future.  I love the part where the bubble popped up and said there were no injurys.  This is kind of like Clinton trying define what sex is.

Sqworl's picture

On the seventh day they blew it up!!!

DarkMath's picture

I work with Chinese software engineers almost every day. They are extremely fast. I'm not shitting you, they work like they have a 110 volt electric cord up their ass. Not so good at being creative but that's another story.

You've got to realize even with this video time lapsed what's going on. These guys are working extremely fast, easily more than twice as fast as anything in the West. It kind of takes your breath away.

Anarchist's picture

The big problem in China is the lack of enough people with decades of experience. Companies have a tough time trying to fill enough slots with experienced personnel. They are forced to high a lot of young inexperienced college grads. The young generally don't have an older experienced person to learn from so their learning curve is longer. Most technical companies spring up near a college. You will find dozens of companies all making or doing the same thing. It is amazing how many companies make the exact same product. Their will be a lot of consolidation as the weak are absorbed by the strong. It will be 20 years before there is enough experienced people to fill all the available slots. The future will belong to the millions of technical people who are now learning their craft.

Byte Me's picture

Speaking about the original vid for a mo...


America used to build Liberty Ships in under a week (three days at one time if I recall correctly) due to a "Can do" wartime mentality. True, they had a shelflife that was comparable with this 15 story garden shed and attrition was a bit poor after launch..


I was impressed by the joined together pre-fabbing and assembly however much we want to bitch about it.

Expect this construction style to be exported BIGTIME to the ROW in decades to come.

With their own assemblers - of course.

(Assuming the PRC econ doesn't implode etc.)

Anarchist's picture

The initial Liberty ships that were welded together also catastrophically failed due to the poor understanding of metallurgy and the pitfalls of welding.

Eyes on the World's picture

We do this all the time in the U.S. - it's called precast concrete.

I work for one of the country's leading precasters and we do this all the time.  The erection of the building/parking deck/stadium/etc., is one the shorter stages of construction.  Notice is the commentary it says all of the pieces were pre-fabricated and trucked to the site - this process likely tooks months and is the beauty behind this approach to construction; you can produce (off site) product at a rate and schedule that is most efficient to the fabricator and then erect the structure in record time with minimal costs and site impact.  Ain't nuthing new under the sun - we do it all the time here in the goold old U.S of A!!!!

whoopsing's picture

Build a 5-star hotel in that time,that would be impressive.

GoldbugVariation's picture

Kind of reminds me of this, from 1943:

(Workers building a Wellington bomber - a type of British WWII twin-engined long-range bomber aircraft - in 24 hours.  Pretty cool, even though mainly done for propaganda value of course.)

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