10 Oct '11, 10am

Pictures: China's richest village opens skyscraper hotel

Pictures: China's richest village opens skyscraper hotel

The Longxi International Hotel is 328m tall and cost US$470 million (S$604.3 million) to build. -- PHOTO: AFP BEIJING (AFP) - One of China's tallest buildings has opened for business in the nation's 'wealthiest village' of Huaxi, a symbol of the country's breakneck economic growth, officials and state press said on Monday. The Longxi International Hotel is 328m tall and cost US$470 million (S$604.3 million) to build, an official in Huaxi told AFP. There are around 10 taller buildings in China - including the Shanghai World Financial Centre, the third highest in the world - but all of these are in major cities. Huaxi, however, is still classed as a village in east China's Jiangsu province despite having expanded significantly over the years, engulfing nearby villages and its population growing to 50,000 from 1,600 in the 1960s. Photo gallery Please enable JavaScript to view...

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