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Guy Builds a Forest on a Guangzhou Apartment Building to Hide Illegal Floors

Posted: 04/14/2014 1:12 pm

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In this environmentally-friendly age we’re often urged to consider the needs of Mother Nature before our own comforts; however, one Guangzhou resident had an ulterior motive to “thinking green” when he used foliage and trees to allegedly hide two illegally-built floors atop his penthouse apartment.

A rooftop villa on Guangzhou Linhe East Road in the Haitangge neighborhood is suspected of trying to camouflage its illegal structures by completely covering them with green paint, vines and shrubbery.

Chengguan that visited the exterior of the structure said the additional floors may cause cracking of the structure below.

The reporting of illegal rooftop structures in China have shown a pent-up desire for residential expansion. Twelve illegal rooftop buildings have been reported in Guiyang, Guizhou province of which four can be seen here and includes one that looks like a castle.

Shenzhen has had its own case of penthouse growing pains when local media reported that a Nanshan District penthouse apartment had constructed a temple on its roof and was being investigated by city authorities.

The most widely reported case would be the illegal rooftop terrace in Beijing that was recently demolished. Extensively decorated with trees, shrubbery and fake rock over 800 square meters, owner Zhang Biqing was initially given the order to dismantle it within 15 days, but required four months before demolition was complete.

Zhang said he became ill after his “garden” was exposed and remains in poor health. Stating he often has nightmares, Zhang said,

“My family members prevent me from reading news and don’t even allow me to watch TV. I am not coming back to Beijing in the near future because I am worried that I couldn’t bear to see that my garden is gone.”

With such an adverse effect upon inspired rooftop enthusiasts, it appears there is a literal ceiling that caps all dreamers from reaching out to the stars, one floor at a time. Hopefully these cases do not signify a real estate grab that would prematurely end Shenzhen’s plans for rooftop gardening.


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Building collapse in Zhanjiang leaves one dead, scores injured

Posted: 03/11/2014 9:17 am

One construction worker was killed and 31 were injured after a 500-square-meter building under construction collapsed in Suixi County in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, China News reported.

The accident occurred around 8:30 pm on March 9 when some 30 construction workers were making cement grout in the building. After a loud boom, all the workers operating in the building fell to the ground and several were buried under the rubble, according to the report.

The cause of the collapse is unclear and the report did not specify if an investigation is underway to determine the cause.

Most of the surviving workers sustained bone fractures and a few were severely injured, but none are in a life-threatening situation, the report said.

Chen Renquan, a construction worker on the site, saw his left hand pierced through by a concrete bar. Chen said he did not hear any “abnormal sound” when the accident happened. Several workers buried under the rubble were rescued, but one man, surnamed Chen, from his village did not survive the ordeal.

Chen’s body was dug up around 4am on Monday. He is survived by a wife who is diagnosed with mental illness, a disabled daughter and two sons, one aged 13 and the other 6.

Home page photo credit: China News 


Dongguan residential building collapses in the middle of the night, septic tank to blame

Posted: 03/15/2013 7:00 am

A residential building in Dongguan collapsed on the night of March 11 and cracks appeared on the walls of surrounding buildings, TVS reports. The collapse is thought to have been caused by seepage in the building’s septic tank.

A cracked wall in Dalang Village

Shortly after 11 p.m., residents of Dalang Village were woken by the sound of the 70 sqm building collapsing. It’s located at No. 108 Fu’an Road. There were no casualties but a subsequent investigation showed that the collapse may well have been caused by an overloaded septic tank.

Several of the 300 residents of the building told media of their shock at what happened.

It was the fourth such case in the city’s Guanhui area in a week, according to Dongguan Daily.

Netizens pointed out that the area has become somewhat prone to such collapses.

One Sina Weibo user expressed fear that the Mayan apocalypse had been delayed for a year. Another opined that we should just be grateful nobody died. Another suggested building a bigger septic tank.

Most residents of the building are thought to have been working on the subway system, raising further questions about the living conditions of migrant workers in China’s major cities.


Building collapses in Guangzhou killing four, netizens question building quality

Posted: 08/26/2012 10:57 am

Sina Weibo has been abuzz this weekend over photos of a building collapse in Haizhu District in Guangzhou.

The building, a fire brigade office, was under construction.  It collapsed on Saturday around noon, trapping seven people under the rubble.  In total, four people died and five more are seriously injured.

Police are now investigating.

It has been suggested that the construction of the fire station in Sanjiao Village on Guangzhou Road involved the use of too little cement or poor quality cement. Witnesses said they saw the roof start to slant and then collapse.

A survivor, identified as Lao Zhang, described climbing out of the building as soon as it collapsed, he suggested that the cause was the hasty construction of the building.

Guangzhou Party Secretary Wan Qingliang called for an investigation into the cause. Mayor Chen Jianhua called on local hospitals to do everything they can for the survivors, according to Nanfang Daily. Both men went to the scene of the accident to offer moral support to rescuers.

Users on Sina Weibo were critical of officials responsible for the building’s construction, claiming ‘idiots’ were behind the planning.  One also said “What is happening to China?”, referencing a fatal bridge collapse in Harbin that killed three last week.

Photos from Sina Weibo of the building collapse below.  You can see more footage of the rescue here.

(Thanks again to @MissXQ for the info). 


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