It’s a tiny village that’s home to just 380 households with 1,520 people, but Huaxi Village, supposedly the richest village in the People’s Republic, now has a skyscraper to call its own.
The Zengdi Kongzhong New Village Tower stands at 328 metres tall and has just celebrated its topping out. Chinese media reports have erroneously referred to it as the 8th tallest building in China and the 15th tallest in the world. Our own checks indicate it is the 15th tallest in China and 40th tallest in the world. Regardless, what’s clear is that the building now counts among the world’s tallest.
Explaining the significance behind the height of the building, Wu Renbao (吴仁宝), Huaxi’s former village chief who is widely credited with the town’s stunning economic success, says, “Beijing’s tallest building is the 328-meter tall World Trade Center. Huaxi wants to maintain the same height with the Central Committee of the Communist Party.”
Just over twice the size of the Vatican City, Huaxi’s total land area is a mere 0.96 square kilometre. With the completion of the tower, residents will now have an additional 200,000 square metres at their disposal, added Wu. The Chinese characters for Zengdi (增地) literally mean, “increasing the land”.
The 3 billion yuan, 74-storey tall building boasts of a 1-ton golden ox, the value of which is said to have increased by some 30% in the time it’s taken to complete the building.
Preparation is currently underway for the launch of the Longxi International Hotel which can house some 2,000 guests and provide job opportunities for about 3,000 people.
The bulk of these jobs will go to waidiren — Huaxi relies on tens of thousands of out-of-towners to fill positions in its steel and textile factories as well as its tourism industry. Drawn by their curiousity, some 2 million tourists flock to Huaxi each year to see for themselves what government officials have hailed as a “model socialist village” looks like.
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