Beijing orders 'outrageous' illegal addition razed

The owner of an illegal mountain retreat built atop a 26-story apartment building in China’s capital has been given 15 days to tear it down following neighbors’ complaints.

According to reports, Zhang Biqing, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine who owns a national chain of acupuncture clinics, has spent the last six years constructing the 8,600-square-foot addition out of plastic and resin, and has added landscaping, patios and a karaoke studio.

Authorities finally responded to years of neighbors’ complaints of construction noise and claims that the addition had damaged the building’s structural integrity and its pipe system only after photos of the structure were “splashed across Chinese media on Monday.” Sources: and