The global headquarters of Chinese internet giant Tencent is one of 90 architectural structures in the running for this year’s “Top 10 Ugliest Buildings in China” competition.

The contest, organised by Chinese architecture website, is in its sixth year. Nominations were submitted by internet users and voting began on April 1st.

Tencent HQ in Shenzhen. Photo:

The 250-metre-tall Tencent building, set to be completed in 2016, is currently No.7 on the list with over 22,000 votes.  Voting is set to continue until November 30th.

Topping the list is a logistics service building in Zhengzhou, Henan, which looks very much like the CCTV building in central Beijing.

Logistics service building in Zhengzhou, Henan. Photo:

The offices of state broadcaster CCTV were designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. The building has been nicknamed “the big underpants” for its resemblance to men’s underwear.

The CCTV building in Beijing. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Noting its similarities with the Beijing landmark, netizens are now calling the Zhengzhou Beijing “the small underpants.”

The new office building of party newspaper People’s Daily was also mocked for its “vulgar” appearance.

Peoples’ Daily’s Beijing office. Photo: Tencent News

While the design of another commercial building in Jinan, Shandong seems to be have been based on the phallic proportions of the People’s Daily’s headquarters.

Commercial building in Jinan, Shandong. PHoto:

Other architectural monstrosities in the race for “Top 10 Ugliest Building in China” this year include a “Cinderella’s castle” at the Hebei College of Fine Arts. It’s now ranked 22nd.

A teaching complex in the Hebei College of Fine Arts. Photo:

A gigantic “movie theme park” in Wuhan is No. 2 on the list at the moment, with more than 33,000 votes.

Movie theme park in Wuhan. Photo:

And this spaceship-looking opera house in Xinjiang is No.9.

Opera house in Xinjiang. Photo:

Besides the popular vote, a panel of architects will judge which buildings are ugliest according to “nine standards”, the website says. Judges will look at whether the buildings’ design was copied from other famous structures and whether their shape is “bizarre and vulgar.” Results will be announced in December.

Last year’s contestants included an arts centre in Chongqing.


A failed Eiffel Tower replica in Fujian.


An imposing war memorial museum in Anhui.


A less-than-subtle cellphone market in Yunnan.


And this piano and violin concept piece in Anhui.


Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.