The nearly completed Mandarin Oriental Beijing caught fire on February 8. Various reports said it was possibly due to the sparks from fireworks that was set off as part of the Chinese New Year celebration.
When I heard the news from my parents at first, I thought, "wow, I might have been stuck with the fire and smoke if I accepted their job offer last year." Or that the hotel was burned down and it had to be rebuilt, the expatriates might just enjoy another long year before they needed to do any actual work.
Who knows? I am just glad I did not have to speculate or worry about that.