Fascinating Friday! – Secret Mountaintop Villa On Top of Beijing Penthouse 😯

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Hello all! 😃

Thanks for joining me for the 7th ‘Fascinating Friday!’ I am very excited for today’s post and really hope that you find it interesting! Today we are learning about a doctor who spent six years and $130,000 transforming his penthouse apartment into a mountain retreat only to be told to tear it down by officials who said the work was done without permission. 🙁

We’ll dig a little deeper into this story, view some awesome pictures, and take a drone tour right to the top of the penthouse! Are you ready? Here we go! 🚀

First off, take a look at the video below! It gives a brief overview of the story and takes you on a tour to the top of the penthouse!


mount2.jpgZhang Biqing, who founded a chain of Chinese medicine clinics, bought the 26th-floor dwelling and then moved rocks, wooden panels and shrubbery to the roof using a service elevator. Inside it featured a gym, open-air swimming pool, and several dining and guest rooms.

mount3.jpgHe told the newspaper he spent $130,000 on the work, which he said was to make the rooftop pipework look prettier. He said the project began with a small number of plants and some bamboo, but that he was forced to add wooden structures to stop his additions from blowing away. Much of the rock-like edifice is actually painted materials. The project even had a vineyard!

Rocky style villa on the roof of a tower block, Haidian, China - 12 Aug 2013The mountaintop home also had walkways and a wooden trellis for climbing plants for the owner to enjoy. Some neighbours said water and drainage pipes had broken because of the enormous rocky structure above them and their apartments had regularly been flooded.

Rocky style villa on the roof of a tower block, Haidian, China - 12 Aug 2013Neighbours feared the two-story structure had damaged the building’s internal pipework and foundations and said they have long complained about noise and disruption from construction. Unless Zhang could secure permission by proving the structure was not unsafe, it would have to be torn down within 15 days.

mount6.jpgThe villa was taken down more than four months after Beijing Haidian district’s chengguan, or urban management authorities ruled that it was an illegal building and ordered Zhang Biqing to dismantle it within 15 days.

mount1It’s kind of too bad that he couldn’t keep his awesome mountaintop villa, but it had to be taken down due to structural issues it was causing, never mind that it was made illegally!

Even though this place has been dismantled, I thought it would make a really cool post! I hope that you found it as fascinating as I did! 😃


BONUS! – FUN FACT!💡 Illegal rooftop buildings have been found in other cities in China after Zhang’s villa was exposed. Twelve illegal rooftop buildings ranging from 180 to 240 sq m were reported in Guiyang, capital of Guangzhou province. The owners reached agreement with local authorities to dismantle them.







23 thoughts on “Fascinating Friday! – Secret Mountaintop Villa On Top of Beijing Penthouse 😯

  1. Brad Benjamins says:

    Yes, it is! Yep. IKR! People living in the complex were complaining about things going on on the roof, and of noises, but the authorities didn’t take full action until pictures of his mountaintop retreat were posted online. Thanks for commenting, Isabel! 🙂

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  2. Lizzy says:

    Wow!! That is so weird and amazing at the same time! It’s a shame it was taken down, but I certainly understand why. 😉 Super neat post, Brad! I love being introduced to all these things I never knew!

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  3. Maggie says:

    Oh my gosh!! This is so cool 🙂 There’s actually an apartment building I’ve passed by here in Atlanta before that has greenery (mostly shrubs and small trees) decorating the top floor balconies! I think it’s a beautiful way to add character to a building 🙂 Thanks for sharing this one in Beijing!

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  4. Sapphire says:

    That mountaintop villa looks so cool! I wish he could keep it up, but it obviously had to be taken down due to safety issues.
    I love reading Fascinating Fridays! They’re always so interesting.

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