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New giant tower branded 'pants'

Provided for China Daily

Publication Date : 04-09-2012


It is called the "Gate of the Orient", a new 300-metre high sky scraper with an arc at the top which is due to be completed at the end of this year, but the new structure is already gaining a towering following online after being dubbed the "long underpants".

The 69-story building, in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, has been ridiculed by Internet users with more than 3,000 comments mocking the structure.

One Internet user said, "It should be a great landmark for a cowboy city...Is it long underpants or a pair of jean? It's low-slung."

The Oriental Gate is 301.8 metres high and has 69 stories. The construction started in September 2004 and was designed by British RMJM based on the ancient city gate of Suzhou for hotel, office, retail and accommodation space.

With an opening 246 metres high, the Oriental Gate is the largest gate-shaped building and also dubbed "the No. 1 Gate in the world".


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