Featuring an architectural style usually observed in European palaces and museums, the Guiyang White House has become one of the most iconic sights in the Chinese city of Guiyang. Although many have described it as “overly splendid”, there is no denying the eye-catching appeal of this structure, both during the day and at night, when it is illuminated by countless lights. The structure got its name because of its white exterior (外观) and Western architectural influences. The entire complex, including the artificial pond in front of the building, is said to cover an area of 18.3 million square meters and cost 2.7 billion yuan.
The Guiyang White House got a lot of attention in China last week after a video of it went viral on social media. Here are some of the things that are being said about it:
Apart from its title as China’s largest mansion, the Guiyang White House is also known as one of the Asian country’s most mysterious pieces of real-estate. Not much is known about this place, in terms of ownership, or technical information. Some speculate that it features 12 floors and that its luxurious inside can be accessed by several rosewood-decked (红木的) lifts, but that information has yet to be confirmed as no photos of the inside part have ever appeared online. As for who owns the Guiyang White House, no one really knows. Some say it belongs to the wealthiest man in Guiyang, but that is yet to be confirmed.
In reality, the Guiyang White House is a new hotel called the Guiyang Art Centre Hotel, part of the Accor Hospitality Group, that opened late last year. For some reason, someone made up this wild story about it being a mysterious private mansion, and people went with it, even in the Western world. It goes to show you just how many lies are going around on the Internet these days.