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You Don't Get to Choose Your Nickname

Fancy new Chinese buildings with humble nicknames:

Many of the famous new buildings that have gone up in Beijing recently have been given their own tags by the people. The National Center for the Performing Arts is known as the “Duck Egg.” The National Stadium is known as the “Bird’s Nest.” They’re both humble yet fitting names for these grand edifices.

So… what’s this one called?


You’ll never guess.

November 17, 2008 / Uncategorized


Andrew says…

Wait – does anyone know why it’s called that? There’s no explanation in the article.

I think it’s because the building looks like a pair of legs, from about waist to mid-thigh.

Because the building tapers towards the top, the legs are in a pretty wide stance, possibly suggesting discomfort.

And the cross-hatched pattern is not entirely un-fabric-like. Giant boxer shorts!

in case you were curious, in Chinese it reads as “Da Ku Cha”

and anyway Big Underpants is only one of several other names bestowed upon it by the bemused Chinese public: others include ‘Birdcage’ (Niao Long), ‘Wish to Fly’ (Yu Fei), ‘Ferocious Man’ (Meng Nan), ‘Slanting Stride’ (Xie Kua), and yes, even, ‘Kissing at High Altitudes’ (Gao Kong Dui Wen).


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