Enough with the 'weird' buildings: China's Cabinet

Another pants-shaped skyscraper, the Gate of the Orient, in Suzhou in East China's Jiangsu province
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Cities will not be allowed to build more "oversized, xenocentric, weird" buildings devoid of cultural tradition in the future, according to a new directive from China's central government.

The State Council, or the cabinet, and the Communist Party of China Central Committee issued the directive on Sunday. It says buildings should be "suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye."

Cities have built some unusually shaped buildings to create memorable skylines in recent years, but many have drawn criticism. Here are some of the odd-shaped buildings.

Across the straits in Taiwan, a giant church in the shape of a shoe was set to open.

Still under construction, the structure is some 17 meters (55.77 ft) tall at the highest point, the heel.

Talia Pan, Recreation Section Manager of the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration which is running the project, said she wanted to turn a sad part of history into something positive.

"Because of (a) drinking water shortage in the southwestern coastal area in the 1960s, (residents) had to drill deep wells to get drinking water. Because of arsenic in the water, there were cases of Blackfoot disease ... (which if) severe, the only option to save a life is to amputate both legs," she said.

"Because of this, a lot of women lost the opportunity to walk into marriage, walk into a new life chapter on high-heeled shoes ... Because of that history, we hope to create a place in Chiayi County, where people can get married, invoking the fairy tale of Cinderella."

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