There’s no shortage of strange and striking architecture in China’s massive cities.
But that’s all about to change. On Sunday, the Chinese central government released an urban blueprint demanding an end to all mainland construction of buildings that are “oversized”, “xenocentric,” or “weird.” The new directive? Stick to architecture that is “suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye,” the South China Morning Post reported.
Back in 2014, Chinese president Xi Jinping began his crusade against wild architecture, saying that art should “be like sunshine from the blue sky and the breeze in spring that will inspire minds, warm hearts, cultivate taste, and clean up undesirable work styles.”
Xi believes that the art and architecture in China should appeal to the average Chinese citizen, who should also be the main subject of all artwork. His sentiment hearkens back to late Chinese leader Mao Zedong’s idea that the working class in China should not only be the major audience for all art, but that it should be a reflection of their everyday lives.
Here’s a roundup of some wacky Chinese buildings that certainly wouldn’t be approved under this new state rule.