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Five Year Ban Imposed on New Government Buildings

Central authorities issued a directive on Tuesday banning the construction of new governmental buildings for five years. Xinhua gives details: The directive called on all CPC and government bodies to be frugal and ensure that...

Portraits of Government Buildings in China

Architectural extravagance in China has attracted a great deal of attention in recent months, with a Harbin pharmaceutical company and the Jiangsu village of Huaxi offering particular highlights, and a Los Angeles Times article...

Huaxi: The Village That Towers Above China

The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts revisited the village of Huaxi ahead of the official unveiling of its new centrepiece, a 72-storey skyscraper housing a one-tonne, 300 million yuan solid gold ox. An incongruous new sight has...

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