China has recently unveiled a £225m luxury hotel that is mostly ‘underground’ — with two floors above ground while the bottom two floors are underwater.
The InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, known as world’s deepest hotel, starts operation in Shanghai, Nov.15, 2018. Named as “World’s Wonder of Construction” by National Geographic, the hotel is built in a mining pit.(Photo by Zhang Hengwei/CNSHPOTO) #china #InterContinental pic.twitter.com/CdKlPFfj5n
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Located inside the abandoned Shenkeng Quarry in China, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is an 18-storey hotel overlooking a waterfall.
The quarry was first excavated in 1950s and has been disused since the 2000. There are around 300 beds divided into three ranges of rooms, classic, executive and the suites. Rates start from around 4000 yuan. The hotel, located just 30 kilometres away from Hongqiao Airport, is now open to the public.
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Situated at the foot of Shanghai’s Tianma Mountain, the hotel has an underwater restaurant overlooking an aquarium. Other facilities in the hotel include extreme sports like rock climbing and bungee jumping. The hotel also has spaces to host conferences and even weddings.
Xu Rongmao, chairman of the hotel’s developer Shanghai Shimao Group, first proposed the idea of building the hotel in 2006. After visiting the quarry site, Xu decided to take on the challenge. ‘[I] want to turn the city’s scar into its treasure,’ Xu told Shanghai-based Jiemian News last year.
Lin Wang, chief marketing officer, Greater China, IHG, added: “We are delighted to be joining forces with Shimao Group again to open InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland – an architectural masterpiece which is a wonder and beauty in the global hospitality industry. IHG has maintained staggering growth since entering the Chinese market in 1984, and the opening of InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland marks a significant milestone in our development strategy and further enhances our luxury portfolio in China. With its exceptional experiences and personalised services, the hotel is ready to welcome guests to a world of alluring luxury and natural wonder, inviting everyone to live and enjoy the InterContinental life.”