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Wrecking crews, internet users full of praise for disused Chinese hotel that defied the bulldozers

Former three-star hotel provides a rare glimpse of quality construction standards as top six floors remain upright

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 October, 2017, 1:46pm
UPDATED : Friday, 13 October, 2017, 5:37pm

A disused hotel in eastern China that was slated for demolition has provided a rare advertisement for quality construction in a country more usually associated with shoddy build standards.

Wrecking crews began the job of razing the former three-star Minghu Hotel in Jinan, capital of Shandong province, in early August, but they were not expecting it to put up such a noble fight, Tencent News reported on Thursday.

Despite successfully crumbling the lower 13 of the building’s 19 stories, such was the strength of the foundations and supporting walls, that the demolition teams were unable to force a total capitulation.

As a result, the top six stories of the hotel remained defiantly standing – albeit at something of a jaunty angle – atop a mound of rubble, the report said.

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The sturdiness of the structure impressed a member of the overworked demolition team.

“[It] took four years to build and it’s made entirely of reinforced concrete, so it’s hard to tear down,” the unnamed worker was quoted as saying.

A person writing in the website report’s comments section was equally complimentary of the hotel, which was built in 1990.

“It’s rare to see a building of this high quality,” the person said. “I bet it was privately built.”

The report said that the contractors were unable to use explosives to take down the hotel because of its proximity to residential neighbourhoods.

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The demolition worker said it would probably take another week to complete the process.

Once the site has been cleared, its owners plan to put up an office building, block of flats and a shopping centre, the report said.