I swear we're not trying to pick on Chinese planning and design, but we can't seem to help ourselves. The latest culprit is a fake window fiasco involving newly constructed low-cost housing in Qingdao.
"Yes, earlier this month, Chinese Internet users noticed that a number of the windows on the building were not actually windows — they had been painted on," writes Adam Taylor. "What could be behind the decision to include fake windows on a government-funded building filled with low-cost apartments? Netizens wondered if the government had been cutting corners, or scammed by a building contractor."
In response to the outcry, the government explained that the fake windows were added for "aesthetic reasons" to decorate stairwells and "later posted a message to their Weibo account saying that they had asked the contractors to remove the fake windows, explaining that they had created an 'adverse social effect.'"