A Chinese Guy Built An Ultra-Luxurious Mountain Villa Atop A 26-Floor Residential Highrise In Beijing

Mountain villa

In Beijing, China, a man named Zhang Biqing built a mountain villa atop a 26-story residential building. He actually lived there and used it as a penthouse. He didn’t let anything or anyone stop him from fulfilling his intentions, including other residents or government regulations.

A successful practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, Professor Biqing is also the owner of a national chain of  acupuncture clinics. He also happens to be a former member of a district People’s Political Consultative Conference. It is clear that not only his money, but also his political influence have enabled him to accomplish his goal. However, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows.


His neighbors, especially the ones living on the 26th floor, had complained about construction noise. The bigger problem, it seems, were the cracks in the walls caused by the retreat. They would leak during rain, which had prompted several residents of the last floor to move out.

The structure, at least from the outside, was hugely interesting. It was covered with fake bushes, trees and rocks. Moreover, it was clearly visible from one of the busiest commuter roads in Beijing. Construction was said to have started as early as 2007, yet the structure only garnered global attention in 2013 after a newspaper article.

Zhang Biqing

There had also been concerns regarding the building’s structural integrity. Many neighbors claimed that the highrise was certain to collapse in the event of an earthquake. However, the 1000-square-meter mountain villa was certainly a wondrous living area. In fact, it was a two-floor suite with an open-air swimming pool, guest rooms, karaoke bars, gyms and several dining halls.

Nevertheless, building it cannot be said to have been an easy task to perform. Can you imagine hauling rocks and giant boulders 26 floors up with an elevator every day for 6 years? Talk about dedication to a project. If the retreat hadn’t endangered the apartment building’s structural integrity, however, maybe it should have been allowed to exist? It could have been another landmark of the Chinese capital.

Unfortunately, Beijing officials disagreed. The retreat was demolished in 2014, a full year after Zhang Biqing was instructed to either prove its legality or dismantle the construction.