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12 of the most beautiful new buildings in China

Chinese architecture has always been loud, from the ornate pagodas that once housed family dynasties to the unusually shaped skyscrapers that inspired a ban on “weird buildings.”

In recent years, contemporary buildings have cropped up on the glittering skylines of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, and as far as the remote provinces south of Mongolia. These new developments add elegance and simplicity to the country’s architectural portfolio.

We rounded up the most striking new buildings across China.

Step aside, Sydney. The Harbin Opera House rises from the wetlands of the Heilongjiang province as though it were sculpted by wind. It blends seamlessly with the environment.

Architect: MAD

Year completed: 2015

Source: Forbes




When not obscured by fog, the Shanghai Tower stands out as one of the most beautiful skyscrapers in the world. The 127-story glass pillar appears to twist toward the sky.

Architect: Marshall Strabala

Year completed: 2015

Source: Business Insider



The Han Show Theater’s squat, paper-lantern shape is made beautiful by an intricate, red mesh. The building’s LED bulbs reflect on the lake at night, lighting up Wuhan, Hubei.

Architect: Stufish Entertainment Architects

Year completed: 2014

Source: Housely



The Wuhan Revolution Museum opened in 2011 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the rebellion that topped the Qing Dynasty. The V-shaped center cost $50 million to build.

Architect: CADI

Year completed: 2011

Source: China Daily



Beijing’s Galaxy SOHO is a retail and office complex composed of swirling, egg-shaped masses. There are no corners or sharp transitions, giving it a futuristic vibe.

Architect: Zaha Hadid

Year completed: 2012

Source: Zaha Hadid


The Shanghai World Financial Center marks a departure from the norm with its elegant simplicity. A skywalk on the 100th floor provides unparalleled views of the financial capital.

Architect: William Pedersen

Year completed: 2008

Source: Architect Magazine


The headquarters for Shanghai gaming company Giant Interactive Group look torn from a video game. The colossal structure works with the environment, instead of fighting it.

Architect: Morphosis Architects

Year completed: 2010

Source: Wired



The once flush-with-cash town of Ordos has been called the world’s largest ghost town. Its masterpiece, the Art & City Museum, appears to float over a waving sand hill.

Architect: MAD

Year completed: 2011

Source: Business Insider



Created by famed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, the Bird’s Nest stadium served as the centerpiece of the 2008 Summer Olympics Games. Its upkeep costs $11 million a year.

Architects: Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron

Year completed: 2008

Source: NPR



You won’t find a gold dome on top of the capital building in China’s Zhejiang province. Instead, a park sits above the Congress Center Hangzhou’s steely structure.

Architect: Peter Ruge, Matthias Matschewski, and Nicole Kubath

Year completed: 2010

Source: ArchDaily



The horseshoe-shaped Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, also called the Moon Hotel, pays tribute to the traditional bridges depicted in old Chinese paintings.

Architect: Ma Yansong/MAD

Year completed: 2013

Source: Dezeen



The National Grand Theater features a titanium shell that, in the right conditions, casts a reflection on the lake that forms a perfect egg. Light streams through the glass roof.

Architect: Paul Andreu

Year completed: 2007

Source: ArchDaily


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