China is set to open the world’s first underground hotel thanks to an abandoned quarry, which will be 300 feet into the ground.
Whoever said China wasn’t innovative enough definitely hasn’t seen the Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland. Rather than build it tall and obnoxious into the sky, Intercontinental Hotels decided to dig deep and renovate an old abandoned quarry in Songjiang instead, roughly 22 miles from Shanghai.
Built into the side of a 300-foot hole in the ground, the Shanghai Wonderland will have 16 of its 18 floors completely beneath the surface of the Earth. At the bottom of the former quarry will be a pool of water with two bottom floors submerged beneath the waves.
Each guest of the hotel’s 337 rooms will have a panoramic view thanks to their rounded balconies. Admittedly, the view will be somewhat limited due to the fact that they're in a hole in the ground, but the sides of that hole have been given lush greenery and multiple waterfalls to give the hotel an air of Shangri La.
Interestingly, the entire hotel is powered by renewable energy sources. Geothermal generators provide the bulk of Wonderland’s electricity, with solar panels providing the remainder. China, and especially Shanghai, are big on clean energy sources, and this hotel will showcase Intercontinental’s commitment to clean energy.
The large glass column bisecting the center of the hotel is actually a giant man-made waterfall that leads to the pool at the bottom. Beneath the pool are two more floors, one with guest rooms and a restaurant, while the other has a gym and swimming pool. Both look out at an underwater aquarium.
Best of all, the hotel is conveniently close to Hongqiao Airport (just a little over 18 miles) and also close to popular tourist attractions such as Sheshan National Park and Chenshan Botanical Gardens.
All staff speaks Chinese and English, and no pets are allowed.
According to Intercontinental, it took 10 years and 5000 architects, engineers, designers, and workers to complete the hotel.
Rooms are not yet available to book, however, don’t expect them to come cheap. This is considered a 5-star luxury hotel, and this close to Shanghai, it’ll be pricey.