See the Asian Games in Guangzhou: Now With Red Roofs

In preparation for hosting the quadrennial Asian Games this coming November, the city of Guangzhou is covering the flat tops of concrete apartment buildings with peaked roofs made out of red plastic, “molded to look like tiles,” the Associated Press reports :

The city government says the roof campaign — called “changing the flat to sloped” — is a practical move to prevent roofs from leaking during the rainy season and to shield buildings from the sun in the summer.

“The roofs can change the architectural scenery and will help us meet our goal of beautifying the city and improving the living environment,” a government statement said.

Tickets for the Asian Games went on sale yesterday, through the official Web site . Table tennis and badminton tickets were the first to sell out.