China is a country with its own special culture. It often amazes foreigners, sometimes delights, and sometimes frightens. In this sense, Chinese hotels are quite a typical part of the bewitching and incomprehensible Chinese way of life. And, getting there, you often do not know: whether to gasp from delight, or from fear?
Panda Inn Hotel
Opened in 2014, the Panda Inn is entirely dedicated to the main animal symbol of China - the giant panda. Pictures and frescoes with pandas on the walls, numerous toy pandas, black and white colors in the decoration of the rooms - and the crowning glory is the hotel staff, all dressed in panda life suits. It's funny, of course - but it looks too much like shooting a low-budget horror movie or, even worse, a porn movie.
Sons of Heaven
Hotel "Qianji Garden", or, in translation, "Garden of the Sons of Heaven", built at the beginning of the XXI century, entered the Guinness Book of Records because of its unusual architecture. The building is built in the form of a giant statue of the three sons of heaven, ancient gods from Chinese legend - Fu, Lu and Shu. See the yellow ball in Shu's hand? This is the presidential suite. The number is perfect for those who are not afraid of heights and want to experience the fairness of the saying "we are all in God's hands".
Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort
This 30-storey building doesn't just stretch like a horseshoe over the river. In fact, it is shaped like a wheel - or, as cynical Americans say, a donut. Several underground floors go under water. Tourists can visit them - if, of course, they do not suffer from a fear of confined spaces. If you want to settle in one of the rooms, prepare in advance - a night in a "donut" will cost at least $ 400 for children.
Waterhouse at South Bund
From the outside, the hotel, frankly speaking, is not at all impressive: most of all it looks like an abandoned warehouse building. Inside, the decoration is much more decent, but also, frankly, not out of the ordinary. But the main feature of the hotel is different: all the premises, including the rooms, are simply crammed with eyes, so that guests can easily spy on their neighbors, resigning themselves to the idea that they will also be spied on. According to the designer, this is a tribute to the old Shanghai tradition of building communal houses, where the whole life of neighbors passed in front of each other. Voyeurs, welcome!
This hotel in Taiwan is a comic book paradise! The most chic suite is designed in the style of the Batman room - from a bat at the head of the bed to fixtures with a corresponding logo in the bathroom. There is even a Bat-mobile here - however, it will not be possible to drive away on it, since it is firmly embedded in the wall. Prices are above average, but feeling like Batman is priceless!
Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao
The 24-storey hotel is famous for its swimming pool. It is located on the top floor in a building ledge overhanging the street. And at the same time it has a transparent bottom! Swimming here, you can completely immerse yourself in the feeling of flying over the city ... if, of course, you have enough courage.
Hotel "Water World"
You won't surprise anyone with hotels on the lake, but "Water World" is a completely different matter! Built in a former quarry near Songjiang City, it has been carefully designed to blend in with nature. The harmony of greenery, rocks and a lake, on the surface of which yachts glide, is simply incredible! According to the founders of the hotel, they wanted to make a perfectly beautiful corner of nature - and with purely Chinese thoroughness they carried out their plans.
Mountain Retreat Inn
The hotel is located in Guangxi province, far from civilization, among river bends and thickets of bamboo. Its concept is to rest in one piece with nature. Even the rooms are decorated in an ecological style, mainly using bamboo furniture. The hotel, which costs a rather modest $ 62 a night, is especially popular with backpackers, yogis and romantic couples. Here's just one problem: the hotel is really so far from civilized lands that there is no cellular connection. So if you really want to get away from everyone, there is no better place.
Grand Hyatt Shanghai
56 floors, 555 rooms, an abundance of light and gilding and the structure of the building, reminiscent of a fairy-tale labyrinth. A person unaccustomed to wandering along a spacious corridor, which smoothly flow into one another, leading tourists to the outer or to the inner wall of the building, will easily get dizzy. But the main attraction here is, after all, a special chute for linen that goes to the laundry - stale sheets and tablecloths whistle along it from the upper floors to the basement.
Commune by the Great Wall
This hotel consists entirely of guest houses. 42 villas and 250 rooms with a kids club, fitness center and conference room cannot boast of either a particularly sophisticated design or even a green area. And nevertheless, there is no shortage of guests here. Still: this is the only hotel from the windows of which you can admire the Great Wall of China. With this form, other beauties are not needed!
Four Seasons Guangzhou
If you are afraid of heights, avoid this hotel by all means! The Four Seasons building rises in the heart of Guangzhou's financial center, and all the surrounding buildings appear obscenely low against its background. Still: this building is not in vain called one of the tallest hotels in the world! It has 100 floors, and the uppermost rooms offer magnificent views ... for those who don't hesitate to look down at the street below from a bird's eye view.
HNA Platinum Mix Hotel
This hotel in Nanchang, the capital of China's Jiangxi province, became famous for its disastrous fire in February 2017, which killed 10 and hospitalized 16 guests. The investigation is still underway, but the police are inclined to two versions: either faulty electrical wiring was the cause of the fire, or arson due to commercial showdowns. Despite these, albeit preliminary, but very ominous conclusions of the police, the hotel has already completed renovations and is inviting guests again. I wonder if someone will take the risk?
Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel
This hotel is decorated in a futuristic style. Entering here, guests seem to find themselves on the space station of the future. Robots meet them at the entrance. The polished metal surfaces are illuminated with neon lights, and the rooms are decorated like the cabins of a spaceship. The staff consists mainly of robots. The hotel is adored by tech geeks and science fiction lovers of all stripes, who feel like they are in a dream!
City of the Dead
Strictly speaking, this is not really a hotel - but if you want to rent a room or even an entire villa here, the owners will be just happy! This town of villas on a picturesque river was built for the wealthy Chinese who dream of living in a spacious villa next to their worthy neighbors. Alas, when the city was completed, it turned out that even the rich could not afford the maintenance of the villas, and the road to the nearest big city takes a lot of time. The luxurious villas remained unsold - and the empty city is still looking forward to its guests.