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Two New Visionary Hotels to Open in Shanghai

The Zendai Hotel Yin and Zendai Art Hotel two ultra luxury hotels that will open at Shanghai’s Himalayas Centre in time for the World Expo in 2010.

Touted as Shanghai’s latest architectural masterpiece, the Himalayas Centre is located opposite Shanghai’s New International Expo Centre and just 15 minutes from the city’s main financial district in Pudong. Designed by one of the world’s leading architects, Arata Isozaki who is renowned for his work on the Barcelona Olympics Stadium and the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, the Himalayas Centre is being hailed by developers, the Zendai Group, as an ‘archisculptural icon for 21st century China’. The Zendai Group has invested over RMB 2.4 billion (£ Sterling 220 million) in the Himalayas Centre.

The Himalayas Centre will incorporate the Daguan Theatre, a multi-functional auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,600 people, as well as the Himalayas Mall, Himalayas Creative Complex, Museum Zone and the two luxury hotels, the Zendai Hotel Yin and Zendai Art Hotel.

The Zendai Hotel Yin will be an ultra luxury, boutique-style ‘city retreat’ while the Zendai Art Hotel is a 5-star business hotel. The boutique-style Zendai Hotel Yin will occupy the top four floors of the dedicated hotel tower. There will be 78 spacious guestrooms, ranging in size from the 376 square metre presidential suite to the 60 square metre luxury suites, which are accessed by elevators exclusively for use by the hotel guests.

Based on the ancient Chinese measurement of "Luban", the Zendai Hotel Yin is designed by the world renowned interior designer Khuan Chew of KCA International. The world’s first 7-star hotel, the Burj al Arab in Dubai, and bears witness to her distinctive creative designs.

Among the highlights of the hotel will be a contemporary take on the traditional Chinese tea house. Here guests will be able to enjoy authentic tea-house delicacies and performances of Chinese music and dance and the opportunity to partake in traditional arts such as poetry, calligraphy, painting, folk music, tea ceremony and floral design. A 24- hour bibliotheque will offer a wide range of books offering information on Chinese history, culture, art and music.

The 5-star Zendai Art Hotel will occupy the first 14 floors of the hotel tower and will feature over 300 rooms and suites in a contemporary Chinese style. Each room will be equipped with high-tech communications and services. The dining concept here is of authentic Chinese and international cuisines.

This business-style hotel is designed with every modern comfort and convenience for business and leisure travel. All rooms feature flat screen TV’s with Internet surfing capability, along with complimentary cabled or wireless high-speed Internet access throughout. The hotel also features a state of the art gym with a spinning room, indoor pool, hot yoga and rejuvenation pods where guests can sit, relax and enjoy sensory treatments such as oxygen therapy, smell therapy, image treatment and music therapy.

For meetings and events, the hotel features a 864 square metre spectacular cone-shaped ballroom with a 9 metre ceiling, a suite of six private rooms ranging in size from 48 to 152 square metres and an impressive 300 square metre roof garden with an adjoining events space.