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October 30, 2008

New Visionary Hotel Concepts For Shanghai’s Himalayas Centre

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Shanghai – Two visionary hotel concepts, Zendai Hotel Yin – an ultra luxury, boutique-style ‘city retreat’ and Zendai Art Hotel – a 5-star business hotel, will open in Shanghai’s latest architectural masterpiece, the ‘Himalayas Centre’ which is due to open in Pudong in spring 2010, in time for the Shanghai World Expo.

The Himalayas Centre is located opposite to 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 Himalayas Centre will incorporate the Daguan Theatre with multi-functional auditorium seating 1,600, the Himalayas Mall and Himalayas Creative Complex / Museum Zone, as well as the two luxury hotels.

Zendai Hotel Yin
The boutique-style Zendai Hotel Yin will occupy the top four floors of the dedicated hotel tower.  There are 78 spacious guestrooms, ranging in size from the 376 square metre presidential suite to 60 square metre luxury suites, which are accessed via elevators exclusively for use by boutique hotel guests. 

Highly trained butlers will offer unrivalled levels of service for China, taking care of guests from arrival to departure, 24-hours a day.     

The spa will be the spiritual core of the hotel, offering a sanctuary of calm and well- being with an outstanding range of Chinese, Asian and Western  health and beauty treatments and therapies, some using traditional Chinese medicines, and others originating in the Himalayas. Spa suites are also available for the ultimate combination of health, beauty and hospitality.

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A highlight 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, as well as the opportunity to partake in traditional arts such as poetry, calligraphy, painting, folk music, tea ceremony and floral design.

Zendai Art Hotel
The 5-star Zendai Art Hotel, occupying the first 14 floors of the hotel tower, will feature over 300 rooms and suites in a  contemporary Chinese style, with high-tech communications and services, and exceptional dining concepts offering 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 and wireless high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel.

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 adjoining events space.

For further information, visit: www.zendaihimalayas.com 

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