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Shanghai Builds Super-Five-Star Hotel In Abandoned Quarry Pit

posted 21 Mar 2013, 04:30 by Mpelembe   [ updated 21 Mar 2013, 04:31 ]

 China-Pit Hotel -- Shanghai builds super-five-star hotel in abandoned quarry pit

 China Central Television (CCTV) - Work has begun on the world's first super-five-star hotel in a waste quarry pit in the Songjiang District of Shanghai Municipalityeast China.

The hotel will be located in a waste quarry pit that was closed in 2000. The hotel was designed by the team behind the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. The building, expected to be 80 meters tall, is planned to have 21 floors, two on the ground, 17 in the pit and two under the water, with 70 guest rooms.

The hotel will be attached to one side of the cliff in the pit, with the other side designed to model on the natural look of the pit..

"It is a hotel attached to the cliff in the pit, with a depth of 80 meters. There are only two floors on the ground, which are designed as the lobbies while the other guest rooms are in the pit," said Cai Xuemei, vice president of Shimao Property Holdings Ltd.

The hotel foundation was laid in 2006, and it took the design team about seven years to overcome major problems including fire prevention, water proofing and quake resistance, and at the same time also preserving the ecological environment.

"It should be in full harmony with the natural ecology. There are several hundred of pigeons resting here. Weather permits and you can see several the pigeons flying around the cliff," said Cai.

The pit hotel is expected to be completed by 2015.

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