Gate to the East

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Gate to the East (东方之门)
Gate of the Orient 1.JPG
Gate of the Orient under construction, June 2012
Alternative names Gate of the Orient
General information
Status Under construction
Type commercial, transportation
Location Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Construction started 2004
Completed 2014
Height 301.80 m
Top floor 446.5 m (1,464.9 ft)
Technical details
Size 340,000 Sqm
Floor count 74
Lifts/elevators 6
Design and construction
Architect RMJM

The Gate to the East, also known as the Gate of the Orient, (simplified Chinese: 东方之门; traditional Chinese: 東方之門; pinyin: dōng fāng zhī mén) is a $700 Million (USD) skyscraper under construction in Suzhou, Jiangsu. It is intended to be a gateway to the city that emphasizes the city's continuing significance in today's China. The building is to be around 300 metres (980 ft) high, and located in the heart of Suzhou's central business district. It will be used mainly for transport and commercial purposes.


Though intended as an iconic gateway, the Gate to the East has been oft criticized – both humorously and angrily – as resembling a pair of pants.[2][3][4] The Daily Mail questioned: "Architectural triumphs or just plain pants?", stating: "China's latest superstructures resemble a giant pair of long johns..."[5] The landmark has thus led to a slew of internet parodies.[4]


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  1. ^ "Gate of the Orient, Suzhou, China – Portfolio". RMJM. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  2. ^ 3:58PM BST 04 Sep 2012 (2012-09-04). "British-designed skyscraper resembles big pants, say angry Chinese". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  3. ^ September 05, 2012 2:23PM (2012-09-05). "$700 million skyscraper 'resembles a pair of pants'". Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  4. ^ a b "Netizens: New China building is 'pants' | CNN Travel". 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  5. ^ "Architectural triumph or just plain pants? China's latest skyscraper mocked for resembling giant pair of long johns | Mail Online". 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 

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Coordinates: 31°19′01″N 120°40′44″E / 31.31694°N 120.67889°E / 31.31694; 120.67889