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China’s architectural curiosities

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By SUSAN GALLEYMOREChina caught the world's gaze with its "bird's nest" design for Beijing National Stadium, which took center stage during the Summer Olympics in 2008. And the view has remained riveting as China continues to push architectural design way beyond traditional boundaries.Clearly, China is going all out to attract more attention -- and the accompanying revenue. Among the architectural wonders built, planned or under construction: a building in the form of a piano and glass violin, a ping pong paddle-shaped hotel, an airplane-shaped airport terminal, and a comic book museum in the form of massive 3-D speech bubbles. Plans for the Comics and Animation Museum on the drawing board in Hangzhou challenge the principles of architecture and play with design, perspective and proportion. Rendering of the Comics and Animation Museum. MVRDV Architectural (View more photos.)Hangzhou, 111 miles southwest of Shanghai in Zhejiang province, is the site of the Inter...