Following is a list of the 10 ugliest buildings in China—voted by foreigners visiting the mainland.
1. The People’s Daily building, which looks like an abstract phallic symbol. Hard to imagine how this fits into the surroundings, a statement of poor taste. (Screenshot)
2. The Beijing Emperor Hotel, supposedly representing happiness, wealth, and longevity, it looks more like representation of a child’s toy. In polluted Beijing, it’s a bit of a stretch. (Screenshot)
3. The World Expo China, representing a huge bowl or mandarin. (Screenshot)
4. The Jade Emperors statue, in the shape of a building partly buried in the ground. Seems more suitable as an apartment building with underground parking. (Screenshot)
5. The Fuyang government building, which looks like a cheap copy of the United States Capitol Hill buildings. Obviously lacking ideas and imagination. (Screenshot)
6. The shoe-shaped pagodas and shoe shaped kiosks in Hebei and Handan. They look like ancient Chinese gold nuggets. (Screenshot)
7. The Xi’an New Famen temple, a curiously shaped and meaningless building. Who can imagine this to be an actual temple? Perhaps a temple for officials? Atheists? (Screenshot)
8. The Land and Water Gates, resembling a pair of airborne pants. Why? (Screenshot)
9. The Anhui-Huainan Olympic Park building. It looks like a beer bottle—must’ve been designed in a brewery. (Screenshot)
10. The Shenyang Fangyuan Mansion and Guandong Plastics Exchange Building. Is it supposed to look like Chinese coins or donuts? The hole in the middle must be symbolic of modern Chinese architecture: no substance and no ideas. (Screenshot)
Visitors to China tend to appreciate traditional Chinese architecture, not the kitschy monstrosities on this list of shame. Ancient Chinese buildings are strong, elegant, and have a deep connection to Chinese philosophy and wisdom. Amazingly, foreign visitors can recognize this, but not the present legislators.
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