START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Video: China’s Industrial Boom Illustrated In Three Minutes

Video: China’s Industrial Boom Illustrated In Three Minutes


Written by Stephen Lacey, Climate Progress

15 days. That’s all it took to build this 30-story, prefabricated hotel in the Southeastern Chinese city of Changsha. The speed of construction has left many astonished.

Built among dirt roads and dilapidated buildings, the hotel is a symbol of the development boom that has shifted 400 million Chinese into the urban environment — causing emissions to skyrocket in the process.

Typically, a prefabricated building will reduce construction time by about one-third to one-half. Construction time for this hotel was cut by up to two-thirds.

Johathan Kaiman of the LA Times wrote a fascinating piece last week on how the building came together and what it says about China’s construction industry:

“This is the tallest building in this county, and it’s also the fastest-built,” said Rong Shengli, one of the building’s planners, looking over the rural sprawl from a helicopter pad on the hotel’s roof. “Next we’re going to build a 50-story building. Then a 100-story one, then a 150-story one. And they’re all going to go up fast.”

Zhou Weidong, a vice president at Broad Sustainable Building, said the company was developing as quickly as its home country. Looking out the window of a company Buick, he noted that the squat concrete homes, convenience stores and auto repair shops lining the newly paved road between the headquarters of Broad Sustainable Building and central Changsha were at most a year old.

“Three years later, if you come back here, this will be a city,” he said. “That’s China. It changes overnight.”

Indeed, it is mostly construction activity — not just electricity — that is causing China’s greenhouse gas emissions to skyrocket. Last September, researchers writing in the Environmental Science and Technology Journal calculated that cement, iron and steel accounted for 46% of China’s carbon emissions, while electricity generation accounted for about 30%.

This post was originally published by Climate Progress, a branch of ThinkProgress.


Related Stories:

One Billion Cars Now on World’s Roads

Cancer Now #1 Cause of Death in China, Coal Largely to Blame

Living Near Cement Plant is…A Living


Read more: , , , , , ,

Photo: screenshot from the above video

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it


+ add your own
6:09AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012


10:46PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

China has whole new cities that are empty- why?

8:33PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Holy cow...

9:12PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

ADDITIONAL AFTERTHOUGHT ... if high rankers occupy this building, structurally flawed as it surely is, perhaps leadership change will finally be forced, by their own hand. One can only dream.

9:08PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

US consentual mating has produced this boom ... the present dominance is shifting. Are you ready to become the underdog, incapable of calling the shots ... almost there.

5:08PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

China did not compete for anything. We gave it to them. We sent our jobs, our production infrastructure, our corporate finances and even the American dream.

8:15AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

I wouldn't go in that building. THings that go up fast aren't trustworthy in my opinion.

But it's impressive how fast they do work.

7:30PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

It would have been very impressive. Except that it crashed back down soon after it was put up. Cheap and fast work makes cheap buildings that fall apart fast. Hoping and Praying that nobody was hurt.

7:09PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Impressive and also a little frightening. Can the planet sustain much more development? We are already past the limits.

3:26PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012


add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Care2 - Be Extraordinary - Start a Care2 Petition
ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

Dear Donn M. Let's say it does take 20 pages to completely define all people across all categories that…

Right, ban animal testing worldwide once and for all - NOW!

According to Princess Michael's own admissions, “We have obligation. We have obligation to animals,…

meet our writers

Beth Buczynski Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in... more
ads keep care2 free

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!