Longtime Readers will know that I am often scornful of modern architecture on these here pages, but I have to admit that occasionally some light does shine through the gloom.  Here’s one example from, of all places, Shanghai, where somebody decided to put a played-out quarry to good use.  Before:

…and after:

…followed by a night-time shot:

We could use a few of those Over Here.  Gawd knows we have enough quarries and de-topped mountains (e.g. in Kentucky, eastern Ohio, West Virginia and Montana, to name but a few) which would support a decent-sized chain called (say) Quarry Hotels, Inc.

And if we’re not going to use the quarries for any other purpose (e.g. to bury all the dead socialists after The Glorious Day)…


  1. Quite pretty, and I’d certainly stay there– it does pose the question, however, of who would be willing to pay for such a stay in, shall we say, the less than popular vacation destinations of eastern Ohio and West Virginia.

    Eastern Kentucky, perhaps– but it’d still be in the middle of nowhere and going up against Louisville, etc.

  2. Nice digs. Hard to find a quarry around here that close to a town of any size which might have contributed to the construction of this spot.

  3. China is just making creative use of the limited space they have, and congrats for a great idea. The US would need a lot of Cali to fall in the ocean for some of the locations described by our host to be attractive enough for that measure of investment. Don’t hate me for riding my bike(HD) year round on PCH, I love my flyover brethren, and will join you in due time. However, eastern Ohio resort??… just say it out loud.

    1. Limited space? Maybe in the coastal urban areas like Shanghai and Macau and Hong Kong, but overall, China is not high on the population density list. They have plenty of space. I’m wondering how polluted the water is in that hole.

      1. No. Not really. Not unless you’re thinking the western deserts. The east is very well packed.

      2. Polluted water, indeed.

        My very first reaction was that
        the quarry was one giant hazmat dump.

        After the Cheoy Lee shipyard (est. 1964) was evicted
        for Hong Kong Disneyland,
        they discovered the ground had
        wicked high levels of contamination.

        (Strangely, inspectors were not allowed on-site
        until the price was set).

        But upon further consideration of Kim’s post,
        I think it’s inappropriate to refer to past pollution.

        I’d expect someone in hotel management
        to be making money on the side
        by allowing ongoing dumping.

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