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Worlds First Underground Luxury Hotel Opens in China

first_img China’s First Cloned Kitten Created By Beijing-Based CompanyWatch: Monkey Uses Rock to Shatter Glass Enclosure at China Zoo Stay on target China’s newest hotel is in the pits — literally. The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, which is built into the side of a formerly abandoned quarry and is considered the world’s first underground hotel, opened today about 20 miles southwest of Shanghai.The top floor of the hotel is located at ground level with a roof covered in greenery, while 16 floors of the hotel are located below ground. Another two floors are submerged inside a 33-foot-deep aquarium.The 336-room hotel is located is in the deep pit of a former quarry, with two floors above ground and 16 stories underground. (Photo Credit: Zhang Hengwei/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)Aside from the underwater rooms, every room in the hotel features a balcony with views of a glass-enclosed, artificial waterfall spilling down the quarry walls. The underground levels also feature a restaurant, guest rooms, an aquarium, pool and watersports center.The hotel is also taking advantage of its location inside a craggy, 288-feet deep pit and is providing bungee-jumping and rock-climbing attractions to thrill-seeking visitors.The top floor is at ground level and features a rooftop covered in flora and fauna. (Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)The hotel took 10 years to complete, with total cost exceeding 1 billion yuan ($151 million), according to a report in China Daily last year.Built in part by British firm Atkins, the same developers behind the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, it took over 5,000 people to help complete the hotel as it required innovative engineering solutions. The chief engineer on the project, Chen Xiaxiang, told China Daily his team registered 39 patents and made hundreds of technological breakthroughs. “It’s been a fight against gravity,” he said.Two floors of the hotel are underwater where guests can enjoy views into a huge aquarium. (Photo Credit: Zhang Hengwei/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)The hotel was designed with eco-friendly principles and generates its own power, heating and lighting through the use of geothermal and solar energy.Rooms start from 4,000 Chinese yuan (around $576) on some online booking sites.The hotel also features a glass-enclosed artificial waterfall, which plunges the length of the hotel. (Photo Credit: Feature China / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)More on Geek.com:21 Weird But Amazing Bus Stops Around the WorldEerie Ghost Towns You Can Visit (If You Dare)Yellowstone Geyser Shoots Out Decades-Old Trash During Rare Eruptionlast_img read more