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World’s lowest hotel to emerge in Shanghai

A filming crew for the MegaStructures TV series of the National Geographic Channel will document the construction of InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland, a hotel boasting the lowest altitude in the world.

The MegaStructures series has covered such engineering marvels as the Burj al-Arab Hotel in Dubai, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.

The Shanghai hotel will be built up from the bottom of a deserted quarry pit near the Sheshan Hill, west of downtown. The 19-floor hotel against the cliff of the 87-meter-deep pit will have three floors above the ground for the entrance lobby, a conference center and dining and entertainment venues, fourteen floors for standard rooms, and two floors under water for luxury suites, a dining hall, Spa space and a swimming pool.

The subterranean hotel will have an aquarium filled with rocks, corals and all kinds of fish to entertain guests. It will also have a cliff-edge platform to view an artificial waterfall in the pit.

Other facilities in the area include the Nano Holiday City, which will be the largest children’s theme park in east China, an IMAX theater, and a variety of dining and shopping venues. The Nano Holiday City will open next year.

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