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19 Super Weird Buildings That May Vanish In The Next Five Years

A new regulation will punish the owners of insane architecture.

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In China, it's common to find architecture as weird as — if not weirder than — this building, which was clearly inspired by three bowls of instant noodles.

Like it or not, China's government recently decided to put an end to the ~innovation~ on display. Oddly shaped buildings will be forbidden, according to guidelines released by the Communist Party's Central Committee and the State Council on Sunday.

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Chinese people think the Hefei Art Gallery is basically a pile of construction ruins – how about you?

In 1978, only 18% of the nation's population lived in cities — now it's 50%. With limited space, "bizarre" buildings that aren't "economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing, or environmentally friendly" will be forbidden, the guidelines say.

Even a Beijing hotel designed to resemble fortune gods from China's mythology can't get an exemption.


China's President Xi Jinping in 2014 told artists not to chase popularity with "vulgar" works but promote socialism instead. Sunday's new guidelines seem like a natural extension of that thinking.

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The Giant Autumn Pants is the nickname given to this building in Suzhou, Jiangsu. ("Autumn pants" refers to what some Chinese people wear inside their jeans to keep warm in cold weather.)

And that suggests a dim future for the spectacles that already exist. Within five years, a map of all such illegal buildings in China’s cities will have been drawn up and action will be taken against violators, the document said.

In the interest of preserving some of these buildings for posterity, here are some of our favorites:


Admittedly, there are some totally absurd and useless...things out there, like this gigantic ring. Its official name is "the Ring of Life."

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At least we can meditate to it?

But one thing we don't understand: "Socialism with Chinese characteristics" means a socialist market economy, which means $$$ is good. So why is this coin-like building under fire too?

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This picture taken on Oct. 30, 2013, shows the Circle building under construction in Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province.


You can probably say farewell to this 243-feet-tall teapot.

Beimeng Fu is a BuzzFeed News World Reporter covering China and is based in New York.

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