An Ode to China's Eccentric Architecture

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An Ode to China's Eccentric Architecture

China’s architecture of yore, which dates back thousands of years, is known for its sound structure, brilliant use of horizontal space and intricate details. Today, however, China’s architecture is known for a new quality—weirdness—as architects strive to marry traditionalism and contemporary design.

Not everyone is keen on the fresh designs—most famously, Chinese president Xi Jinping, who’s wanted to replace them since 2014, and the Chinese government, which wants to outright ban it.

Why? It seems the buildings are more than an eyesore—China’s government believes that implementing prefabricated, less bizarre buildings will improve urban layouts in addition to standardizing skylines. We get it. A teapot museum shaped like a teapot or a skyscraper resembling a pair of pants isn’t exactly functional. But it is special, and we think China’s architectural anomalies deserve some celebration, especially if this is truly the end.

Flip through the gallery above to marvel at some of China’s best architectural eccentricities.

Sarra Sedghi is Paste Food’s Assistant Editor. She can usually be found arguing about mayonnaise on Twitter.