China is a fascinating place, and one where both contemporary and ancient values have blurred to create a rich cultural landscape. From soaring skyscrapers and evolved technology to bizarre, ancient cultures, China is a country unlike any other in the world.
Did you know that the number four is still considered as a portent of bad luck in China, for example, due to its phonetic similarity to the national word for ‘death’. To this day some buildings avoid having fourth floors to distance themselves from the association, which is why you rarely see a fourth floor in either hotels or commercial structures.
5 of the best Hotels in China
While ancient traditions may be prevalent in Chinese hotels, however, contemporary structures of this type are among the best in the world. Here are five of the best and most spectacular:
1. The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, visitors are often wowed by the towering, 118-storey International Commerce Centre (ICC). Sitting atop this majestic structure is the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, which includes soaring architectural elements and spectacular glass artwork. Views from the Ozone Bar on the 118th floor are particularly beguiling, as travellers can look out towards a shimmering skyline.
2. Rosewood, Beijing
The first China property for the world famous Rosewood Hotel and Resorts brand, this hotel is the very embodiment of contemporary sophistication and elegance. A five-star location with 283 luxurious rooms, each of which offers incredible space and a beautiful open-plan layout. With a wonderful meld of textures and Oriental aesthetics, it remains one of the most popular hotels in the East.
3. The Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanhai
Surrounded by the shimmering landscape and skyscrapers of Lujiazui, this hotel offers a stunning meld of style, space and comfort. The resort is also renowned for its huge array of world class eateries and bars, while the spa is famous for offering one of the most legendary services known to man. The 44 superior suites must also be seen to be believed, so long as you have the income to book a room!
4. Aman and Summer Palace, Beijing
Location plays an important role in the appeal of the Aman and Summer Palace, as it sits just steps from the East Gate of one of Beijing’s most iconic landmarks. This is considered to be the best location from which to explore Beijing, while the hotel itself is also blessed with a unique design that screams traditional Chinese architecture. It is known as a serene and idyllic retreat, so ideal for those in need of a peaceful getaway.
5. Amanfayun, Hangzhou
The second Aman-based resort on our list, this hotel is the very embodiment of a traditional Chinese village and one that is distinguished by winding pathways, shaded courtyards and peaceful living quarters. Surrounded by more than 14 hectares to the west of the beguiling, UNESCO World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Hangzhou (West Lake), it is retreat that offers spiritual harmony despite being located just 20 minutes from the bustling city centre.