The city government of Hangzhou has said several tall buildings around West Lake will be made shorter to preserve the area’s natural beauty and support its application for World Heritage status.
Speaking at a press conference, Wang Shuifa, who will head the redevelopment project, said the east wing of the Shangri-La Hotel, the main tower of the Huabei Hotel, a television tower and several other buildings will all be made shorter, probably by cutting off the top few floors.
The resizing project, which will cost RMB40 million ($5.8 million), is part of a larger plan to restore the lake’s natural and historical features, as it bids to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The project will be completed by April.
While the government has promised that all of the buildings’ owners will be fully compensated, details of how much they will get have yet to be published.
Judy Wang, from the public relations department of Shangri-La China, said she was unaware of the redevelopment project.
Source: China Daily