Ping-Pong Paddle Hotel Planned in China

by Libby Zay 
Posted Apr 5th 2011 02:15 PMUpdated Apr 5th 2011 07:54 PM



Huainan Municipal Bureau of Sports

China is set to build a hotel shaped like an upside-down ping-pong paddle as part of a new $45.8 million sports complex.

The China Daily newspaper reports rounded guestroom windows will resemble the surface texture of a table tennis racket, while the "handle" of the 500-foot hotel will be an observation deck, allowing tourists to take in a view of the city of Huainan, where the hotel will be built.

"An erected ping-pong racket has a perfect architectural shape for a hotel," Jin Chang, director with Huainan Municipal Bureau of Sports, tells the news outlet.

But the ping-pong racket hotel isn't the only oddly shaped building in the works for the 165-acre sporting complex: there will also be a main stadium shaped like an American football, plus smaller stadiums and gym facilities shaped like a volleyball, soccer ball, and basketball.

The sports bureau has signed an agreement with China Sports Industry Group that guarantees various sports games will be held in the stadiums over the next 20 years.

This is not the first time hotel designers have turned to sports for inspiration. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai is designed as a wave to compliment the sail-shaped Burj al Arab, one of Dubai's most iconic images.

In France, the Rugby World Cup was celebrated with the construction of a giant rugby ball hotel in 2007. During the event, rooms cost nearly $10,000 per night.

ping pong hotel
Images courtesy of the Huainan Municipal Bureau of Sports.

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kate welsh

Pingpong is a common term for the game but its more known to be table tennis in the right sense. Anyways, its a huge undertaking. stretch marks removal cream

April 06 2011 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steven R. Russell

I wonder if they prayed about this one, and consulted God's Word, the Bible, before laying their plans?

April 06 2011 at 2:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lots wrong with this article. It's table tennis, not ping-pong. Ping-Pong® is a federally registered trademark first developed by Parker Brothers, Inc. and now owned by Escalade Sports. The registered trademark Ping-Pong® indicates a brand of equipment used to play the sport of table tennis. It makes as much sense to call the sport of table tennis ping-pong as it would be to call the sport of basketball Wilson just because Wilson is a brand of basketball equipment.
The article says the hotel will be shaped like an upside-down paddle. There are various orientations of a paddle depending on grip. The orientation in the illustration s not upside-down but is completely correct for the pen-holder grip.
The article also says the guestroom windows will resemble the surface texture of a table tennis racket. This is incomplete information and a bit vague. It should have read the guestroom windows will resemble the surface texture of a table tennis racket covered in pips out rubber which is shown in the illustration. If it were to reflect the most used surface in the sport of table tennis it would resemle the surface texture of a table tennis racket covered in pips in or inverted rubber which has a smooth surface. This, of course, would not be conducive to having windows in the hotel.
The author should have verified her information.

April 06 2011 at 12:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Buns n Gutter

Who knew there was a ping-pong Weights-and-Measures Patrol Officer combing the net for such egregious violations? How do you sleep at night when such horrendous injustices unfold under your watch? Stand firm, sir! stand firm with your righteous inverted paddle and right the wrongs! I salute you!

April 08 2011 at 1:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Prem Shankar

Hahahaha......what a comment Sopwith!! I am floored!! ROFL!!!!!

January 10 2013 at 12:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
Prem Shankar

Correction: 'What a comment Buns n Gutter!!'

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