This is the moment Chinese officials quietly demolish a new hotel after it was built in the wrong spot.
Footage from the city of Hancheng, in north-western China’s Shaanxi Province, captured the demolition of the multi-storey hotel modelled on historical Chinese architecture.
The structure, which is in the Kunyuan Temple eco park, was funded by the local municipality and completed in 2016, but it had remained unused since, a staff member has revealed.
Local residents were able to visit the unoccupied site until it was torn down on 22nd March following a directive by the Hancheng Culture and Tourism Bureau, which said it was “illegally built”.
Footage from the demolition project shows engineers counting down before dynamite is set off and the hotel is razed to the ground by its lower floors.
The hotel, which was built in the middle of a river, collapses in a heap of rubble in a matter of seconds during the precise job.
According to the demolition team, the building stood at a height of 51.8 metres (170 feet) and covered an area of 5,500 square metres (60,000 square feet).
Local officials did not reveal what they would be doing with the vacated land.
An unnamed eco park staff member told local media:
“They demolished two buildings by the riverside.
“The developments were built next to the river, but the government didn’t like that one of them ended up in the middle of the water, so they ordered it torn down.
“It was meant to be a reception centre. It’s new. They were both new.”
Officials have yet to make public documents about the building’s alleged illegal status.
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