The first “earthscraper” hotel of the world, in China, ready to receive guests

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Shimao Wonderland InterContinental, located about 20 miles southwest of Shanghai, was built with 18 floors and 16 of them are underground, with the lowest two submerged inside a 33-foot-deep aquarium. Guests can enjoy views of the various creatures that inhabit the lake. Some of the other rooms offer views of waterfalls and cliffs. Costing 2 billion yuan ($287.9 million) to complete, the 88-meter-deep hotel is in the Songjiang district.The hotel has been nicknamed the “earthscraper” and has 336 rooms. It needed more than a decade for construction and about 5,000 people to achieve it. The hotel’s owners say the facility is able to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake.

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The hotel plans to generate its own geothermal and solar energy to power everyday functions. The rooms will cost more than $500 per night. Suites were priced at $14,000. “This is such a unique opportunity that gives me some really interesting ideas of reshaping the relationship between city and nature,” the hotel’s architect, Martin Jochman, said. The construction is located in a forest park near the Sheshan Mountain Range. The hotel makes use of its position inside a craggy pit to provide bungee jumping and rock climbing opportunities. Jochman also designed Dubai’s Burj Al Arab. The new hotel is now available for booking.

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