By Tom Bannister
A recently built 7-star hotel has been nicknamed the ‘Toilet Seat Hotel’ (马桶盖酒店) by netizens. The building is in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province and is officially called the ‘Arch of the Orient’. Costing nearly 100 million yuan to build, architect Ma Yanhui must have agonised long and hard over the intricacies of its design, only for the building to become known purely for its likeness to a toilet seat. It joins a long list of amusingly nicknamed, newly built Chinese buildings, foremost among them the ‘Big Boxer Shorts’ (大裤衩) CCTV building in Beijing and Suzhou’s ‘Big Trousers/Pants’ (大裤子）Gate of the Orient building.