Buildings in China: The best and the worst


A real estate developer in central China’s Hunan province constructed a 10-storey residential building in 28 hours and 45 minutes. Each flat is prefabricated at their factory and then transported to the site. The building was constructed using stainless steel slabs which are designed to resist earthquakes and typhoons, according to the company.

10-storey residential building in China constructed in a day


Why are there so many tofu-dreg projects in China?

According to an article published in the Daily Economic News of mainland China, the author claims that he used to work in a construction administration department for years. Thus he knows some of the “dark secrets” involved in the construction industry.

The construction money has to pay for materials, labor and management fees, etc. Due to the fierce competition in the market, the profit from a construction project is tiny, and even if the entire construction fund is used for the construction, the profit is usually less than 10%. If “one-third of the project money is used for bribes”, the only way to still make a profit is to cut corners on a large scale, or purchase inferior materials, or default on labor costs.

This is only one of the reasons for the proliferation of tofu-dreg projects in China.

Fragile steel bars/Tofu-dreg project in China


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