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Shanghai InterContinental hotel to sink 19 floors into the ground

By John Walton     Filed under: Shanghai, shangri-la hotels, Intercontinental

The quest for bragging rights as the world's tallest hotel never seems to go away, with ever-taller towers soaring into the sky. But how about the world's deepest hotel?

That crown is clearly going to a new InterContinental being built in China, where the hotel sinks nineteen floors down into a former quarry outside of Shanghai.

Set to open in early 2015, the hotel is being designed by the same UK-based company, Atkins, who created Jumeriah's stunning sail-like Burj al Arab in Dubai.

The best of the 380 rooms in the InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland (yes, 'Wonderland') will face across an artificial boating lake to a manmade waterfall, a rarity in the almost entirely flat Shanghai region.

And only two of the hotel's 19 floors will be above ground level, with the lowest level – featuring the hotel's restaurant – will actually be underwater in the artificial lake!

You'll find the InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland (sorry, we couldn't resist using the name again) near expat favourite hiking hill Tianmashan -- itself a locally record-breaking but internationally lacklustre hundred metres high -- in the southwesterly Songjiang district of the city.

So while it's not a hotel to stay at when you want to do business in Shanghai, it's a novel weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle.

Parent InterContinental Hotel group revealed its new China-focussed hotel brand, Hualuxe, last month. Expect to see some Chinese characteristics filtering through to the quarry hotel too.

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About John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

 

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1 on 20/4/12 by Al

Absolutely amazing images, I hope that when it's finally built the "Sham-wow Shanghai Wonderland" will look just as good as the pretty pictures!

2 on 22/4/12 by am

Hopefully I get a chance to stay here sometime - it looks incredible... 

 

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