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Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort — The Fun Never Stops For China’s Architectural Growth

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China has added another spectacle to their already impressive list of amazingly unique structures. In August, the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort joined the likes of the world’s largest building (complete with an artificial sun), the New Century Global Center.

This 27-story structure that lies on Taihu Lake between Nanjing and Shanghai was conceived by the architect Ma Yansong. The resort is lavishly designed — covered in all different types of jade and the lobby ceiling is decorated with 20,000 Swarovski and European natural crystal lamps that create a wave-like formation.

The hotel is actually a full oval — two levels underground connect the visible horseshoe shape. According to the resort’s website, it offers 321 guest rooms, including 44 suites and 39 villas, all with private balconies.

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China Opens Longest High-Speed Rail Line — Republicans Keep U.S. Stuck At The Depot In Last Century’s Trains

China began service Wednesday morning on the world’s longest high-speed rail line…

…covering a distance in eight hours that is about equal to that from New York to Key West, Fla., or from London across Europe to Belgrade, Serbia.

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Trains traveling 300 kilometers, or 186 miles, an hour, began regular service between Beijing and Guangzhou, the main metropolis in southeastern China. Older trains still in service on a parallel rail line take 21 hours; Amtrak trains from New York to Miami, a shorter distance, still take nearly 30 hours.

Completion of the Beijing-Guangzhou route — roughly 1,200 miles — is the latest sign that China has resumed rapid construction on one of the world’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure projects, a network of four north-south routes and four east-west routes that span the country.

Significant spending on the project has helped jump-start the Chinese economy twice: in 2009, during the global financial crisis, and again this autumn, after a brief but sharp economic slowdown over the summer.

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Due to Republicans, the United States has yet to embrace the future of transportation…

…while high-speed trains have been zooming commuters across the continents of Europe and Asia for decades.

President Obama, in his 2011 State of the Union speech, called for a high-speed rail system over the next 25 years. However, Mr. Obama’s proposal to spend $53 billion on high-speed rail over the next six years hit a roadblock when Congressional Republicans eliminated money for that plan for the year.

The year before, newly elected Republican governors in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin turned down federal money their Democratic predecessors had won for new rail routes, lest their states have to cover most of the costs for trains that would draw few riders.

The cuts will not halt the rail program since unspent money remains that can be used on new projects. But they leave the future of high-speed rail in the United States unclear. So far roughly $10 billion has been approved for high-speed rail, but it has been spread to dozens of projects around the country.

China builds its future while American Republicans hold back United States abilities.

China builds its future while American Republicans hold back United States abilities.