Horseshoe's lucky for China's architecture fans

19th Jul 2013

China's latest showpiece not only emphasises Huzhou's growth as a tourist destination, but also continues the country's current run of producing architectural marvels.

Huzhou, the "City of Silk", is the home of China's tea culture, writing, calligraphy and painting.

But what many tourists on city breaks here will soon be making a dash for is the amazing "Horseshoe Hotel", otherwise known as the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, when it opens fully next month.

This horseshoe-shaped, 27-storey structure rests on Taihu Lake between Nanjing and Shanghai and really comes into its own when illuminated at night - a truly amazing sight.

Its individualistic design was dreamt up by Chinese architect Ma Yansong and constructed by the Shanghai Feizhou Group.

The Horseshoe Hotel's lobby ceiling is spectacularly adorned with 20,000 Swarovski and European natural crystal lamps which are suspended in a manner intended to resemble a rolling wave.

With two levels underground to create a complete oval, and 27 floors above water, the hotel boasts 282 rooms and a variety of design features aimed at China's luxury tourist market.

Jade appears throughout the hotel.

The lobby's floor is paved with Afghanistan White Jade and features Tiger's Eye Stone from Brazil, while the porticos and whole ceiling are laid with Citrine jade.

The hotel's architectural delights follow China's opening of the world's biggest building in Chengdu and the announcement of a "groundscraping" five-star hotel being built downwards, into the sheer rock face of an abandoned quarry outside Shanghai.

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