They're now a super-fast power: How the Chinese built a 30-storey hotel from scratch in just FIFTEEN days
They're a 21st century super power with super computers and a super economy that's the envy of the world.
Now China can claim another title - the fastest builders on the planet after putting up a 30-storey 183,000-square-foot hotel in just 15 days, or 360 hours.
A construction crew in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha completed this remarkable achievement with no injuries to any worker.
Finished: The 30-storey Ark Hotel in the Chinese city of Changsha was built in just 15 days
The Ark Hotel was built on Dongting Lake, in the Hunan Province, by Broad Group, a Chinese construction company which specialises in sustainable architecture.
It was built to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake, as tested by the China Academy of Building Research, who claim this is five times more quake-resistant than conventional buildings.
All the materials were prefabricated and sections built to specification off-site, so there was very little wastage.
The builders took just 46 hours to finish the main structural components and another 90 hours to finish the building enclosure.
The plot: The empty land where the hotel would rise after 360 hours
Up, up and away! The high-rise rocketed up in a matter of days. It was built by Broad Group, a Chinese construction company which specialises in sustainable architecture
Safety first: The construction crew completed this remarkable achievement with no injuries to any worker
All of the structure is soundproofed and thermal-insulated. They even have air quality monitoring in every room given the pollution problem in China.
While the men didn't work all through the night, it was often 10pm before they packed away heir lunchboxes.
Their previous record was a smaller 15-story building constructed in just six days, but this one is much more impressive.
Steady: The sections built off the site are maneuvered into position by men who worked until 10pm every night
In position: Workers fit the units which can withstand a massive earthquake
All of the structure is soundproofed and thermal-insulated and each room has air quality monitoring
Room with a view: One of the bedrooms at the Ark Hotel