While China has been leading the trend in skyscrapers for the past
decade, architects and designers apparently decided to turn things
upside-down for a change. According to CNN, China recently broke ground
on the first luxury underground hotel near Shanghai.
Located at the foot of a 100-meter (approximately 328 feet) abandoned
quarry at Shanghai’s Tianmashan, the 380-room resort will have three
levels above ground and 16 underground, and will also offer spa
services, a sports facility and an underwater restaurant.
The property is being developed by Shanghai Shimao Property Group and
designed by U.K. based engineering firm Atkins. According to
SmartPlanet, the underground hotel is part of the larger project to
build Shimao Shanghai Wonderland, a large-scale theme park. Reports say
the hotel is expected to open in 2014 or 2015.
Just how much will this underground wonderland cost? If you're
intrigued, industry experts say the nightly room rates will start at
around $320 a night (RMB 2,000).
The hotel, The Intercontinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland, will be
managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (Photo: Shanghai Shimao
Property Group/ Atkins)