Chinese Buildings with Fake Windows Painted On

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In the city of Qingdao, a new apartment complex is raising eyebrows. Some of the windows, it seems, aren't windows. They're paint.

China's iFeng reports that on one side of the buildings, there are "false windows" that were painted to look like the real deal. From a distance, it is hard to tell that they are phony. Up close, however, it's clear the windows on the outer walls were neatly coated on.

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Illustration for article titled Chinese Buildings with Fake Windows Painted On
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In China, there are government-owned apartments designated to be affordable so that low-income earners can buy or rent, putting them in high demand. These apartments, according to Chinese reports, fall into that category, but it looks like corners were cut to save cash. Corners? Sorry, I meant windows.

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Greg the Mad

That's not that wired. I know some buildings that got rebuild, or changed in some way that a window got moved or simply bricked shut, but to keep the look of the house the same they would paint a fake window.

Thought, that's the first time I heard this being done from the get go. ... Why not just use real windows and get the tenants the light they deserve?