New penis-shaped People’s Daily building is literally China’s propaganda organ

The Communist Party's main propaganda building is expected to open next year

The Communist Party’s main propaganda building is expected to open next year

The shape of the new headquarters of the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s main propaganda machine, has sparked heated discussion online for looking a bit too phallic.

The building is still under construction in Beijing, but at its current stage, documented widely in pictures on social media sites, its shape is certainly suggestive.

Most photos posted on Sina Weibo, the mainland’s most popular microblogging site, were removed by censors, and attempts to search for “People’s Daily building” in Chinese were met with a message that read: “According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, search results cannot be displayed.”

However, photos could still be found on other social media sites.

The 150-metre-tall building, located in the eastern extension of the capital’s central business district, was designed by Zhou Qi, a professor of architecture at SoutheastUniversity in Jiangsu. It is expected to be finished in May 2014.

In a recent interview with the Modern Express, Zhou explained that his design echoed the ancient Chinese philosophy of “round sky and square earth”, with the top part being cylindrical and the rest being squarish.

The elongated spherical form, he explained, was designed to appear from a bird’s-eye view as the Chinese character for “people”.

“Our [team’s] way of expression is kind of extreme, different from the culture of moderation that Chinese people are accustomed to,” Zhou said.

Zhou’s team won the final design bid for the project in 2009. But it quickly came to the attention of the public after the design plans were published, and many people have poked fun at it.

CCTV Building

CCTV Building

Some have described the building as looking like a steel-framed penguin, a giant juicer, an electric iron, a chamber pot and even an aircraft carrier. Some have said it looks like “the Gherkin” in London or Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel.

But now that it is under construction, when viewed from a certain angle, some say it very clearly looks like a penis.

Others have joked that the building will compliment the headquarters of China Central Television, completed a few blocks away in 2008, which earned the nickname “the Big Underpants” for their shape.

“How perfectly the two match,” one wag wrote on a website. “After five years, CCTV will never feel alone.”

Source: SCMP – Internet lights up as new People’s Daily HQ erected

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8 replies

  1. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


  2. Reblogged this on digger666 and commented:
    Gosh, people are strange. Clearly the current ‘suggestive’ aspect is temporary; the scaffolding cladding the top will be removed in the next few months, and in a few years this controversy will fade from memory. This controversy reminds me of the sort of moral guardians so offended by ‘pornography’, they spend an inordinate amount of time becoming expert on the subject.


  3. looks like they erected that building there


  4. Reblogged this on Asia Hacks and commented:
    You can’t make this stuff up.


  5. Great post. Reminded me that the Thai people, in Thailand, place a lot of belief in the good luck charms of their wooden phallus figures, which come in various sizes. One day I get in a green and yellow taxi and there is a thigh sized wooden phallus wedged in between the two front seats. “That must bring you a lot of good luck?” I asked. To which I received a big smile in reply and a nod of the head. A few minutes later, I queried, “So, how’s business.” … “Not good”, he answered. Thailand is never boring. Cheers.



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