22-Floor Hotel in Nanchang Demolished
    2010-02-08 07:14:57     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Jiang Aitao

The Lake View Hotel (Wuhu Hotel) was seen moments before it was dismantled with dynamite on Saturday, February 6, 2010 in Nanchang, capital city of eastern China's Jiangxi Province. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/CFP]

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A 22-floor hotel in Nanchang, capital city of eastern China's Jiangxi Province, was demolished Saturday afternoon only 13 years after it was built, the China News Service reported.

The four-star hotel, which sits on a lake islet, had been running prosperously since its opening but was put out of service in 2007 after a change of ownership. Since then, the hotel had been discarded, allegedly awaiting renovations that never materialized.

The 85.7-meter-tall reinforced concrete structure was demolished in only eight minutes. However, an architecture expert has pointed out the demolition once again demonstrated the lack of forward-looking planning on the part of the developers.

Pan Yang, dean of the School of Civil Engineering and Architecture Departments with the East China Jiaotong University, noted that the demolition caused both a huge waste of social wealth and lasting hazards to the environment because the building's rubble may never be broken down in the soil.

The new developer of the estate, the Kaimei Group, planned to build a 25-floor five-star hotel on the site, the report said. The group, which took over the Lake View Hotel in Nanchang, had said that they believed the existing structure was unfit to be renovated for a five-star hotel. The developer also did not give a time-table on when the new hotel will be built.

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