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The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is a new development in China that is labeled as the world’s first underground hotel.

Located just 20 miles from Shanghai, the establishment is the first-of-its-kind luxury resort, and has been constructed 300 feet into a former quarry. It has 18 floors in total, 16 of which are situated below ground, and the bottom two floors are submerged underwater in a 33-foot-deep aquarium. The underwater section also includes a pool, restaurant and watersports center.

In terms of its design, the modern structure is defined by its curving balconies situated along the quarry, while complemented with greenery to blend into the surrounding landscape. Renowned British architecture firm Atkins helmed the hotel’s structural aesthetic, and also in collaboration with international arch studio JADE+QA, by former Atkins employee Martin Jochman.

Additionally, the hotel places emphasis on sustainability by creating its own power utilizing geothermal and solar energy. Aside from its futuristic-like vibe, another key element is a majestic waterfall that plunges into the quarry below, with most of the hotel rooms facing the waterfall. The hotel plans to offer bungee jumping and rock climbing as activities that guests can choose to further make use of the quarry’s space.

Rooms at the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland will be available beginning November 20, with pricing starting at approximately $487. For more details and to book a room click the bar below.

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Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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