|Gate to the East (东方之门)|
Gate to the East in Suzhou
|Alternative names||Gate of the Orient or The Pants Building|
|Location||Suzhou, Jiangsu, China|
|Cost||$700,000,000 (USD) (Budget)|
|Height||301.8 m (990.2 ft)|
|Size||340,000 square metres (3,700,000 sq ft)|
|Floor area||450,000 m2 (4,800,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
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 the current tallest building in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. It is intended to be a symbol of a gateway to the city, that emphasizes the city's continuing significance in modern China. With a height of 301.8 metres (990 ft), the building is located in the heart of Suzhou's China–Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) district. Construction began in 2004 and was completed in 2016 at a cost of $700 million USD. Its location precisely indicates the intersection of the historical east-west-axis of Suzhou Old Town with the west bank of Jinji Lake.
Though its design was an iconic gateway, the Gate to the East has been subjected to mockery by many Chinese netizens and western mass media as well, as "resembling a pair of trousers". The Daily Mail questioned: "Architectural triumphs or just plain pants?", also stating: "China's latest superstructures resemble a giant pair of long johns..." The landmark has thus led to a slew of internet parodies.