InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, Shanghai
A long abandoned former quarry in one of Shanghai's distant suburbs hardly seems like a promising site for a new resort. But more than a dozen years and $300 million later, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is truly a sight to behold. The 18-story resort by JADE+QA Architects hugs the rock face in a harmonious yin and yang design, reimagining the relationship between city and nature.
Sixteen of the 18 floors are underground and two floors are actually underwater. Six underwater suites have their own saltwater aquariums and every room has a balcony, a cozy theater box from where you can watch the nightly water show. The light and water theatrics are mesmerizing, much more impressive than the water show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Guests even have an opportunity to customize the light show for celebrations or proposals.
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