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Chinese Hospital Collapses- Poorly Made in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 18, 2010

Chinese quality is somewhat of an oxymoron, especially when it comes to buildings. The Chinese government reports that the typical building here lasts from 15 to 30 years and my Chinese friends are astounded to learn that in the US we have buildings that are still standing after 80 to 100 years.
In China the land grab is on and there are little to no inspectors for the buildings so in each layer of building construction, corners are cut and quality suffers. The result is what you see below, a hospital that collapses less than two decades after it is constructed. But dont worry , they will build another one, irrespective of how many natural resources are wasted. The key is that some wealthy Chinese guy gets paid, and his contractors as well- oh yeah, dont forget corruption, there has to be a bit of that as well- allegedly.
Hospital building collapses in Taiyuan, no injuries
A combination photo shows the collapse of a building at Shanxi Provincial people’s Hospital on Shuangta East Street in Taiyuan, capital city of North China’s Shanxi province on August 12, 2010.[Photo/Xinhua]

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