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Shanghai’s Zhabei District Gets Its First Five-Star Hotel

Lexington Plaza Hotel Opens 28 Story, 288 Room Hotel In One Of City’s Up-And-Coming Areas

Zhabei's first five-star hotel could attract new business to the district or draw tourists as the area transforms over time

Zhabei's first five-star hotel could attract new business to the district or draw tourists as the area transforms over time

While hotel openings are not exactly uncommon occurences in a metropolis like Shanghai, the opening of Zhabei District’s first five-star hotel is somewhat noteworthy because of its location and novelty. Zhabei, an area known more as the location of the Shanghai Multimedia Valley tech zone and a popular area for foreign companies looking to set up shop in the area than a must-see for travelers or expats, is gradually developing into a more interesting part of town. With new luxury hotels under construction and more restaurants, bars, and attractions sure to follow, the new five-star Lexington Plaza might just be a taste of what’s to come rather than a strange outlier among a wider industrial landscape.

According to the company’s press release, the Zhabei location follows two existing properties owned by the company, in Shenyang and Zhuai, and the brand has plans to open several more properties under the Lexington Collection flag before year’s end:

According to Roger Bloss, CEO and President of Vantage Hospitality, Lexington’s parent company, the Shanghai property is a testament to the success of Lexington’s Freestyle Brand Affiliation in Asia. “Hotel owners worldwide are making smart decisions and choosing an international affiliation, like The Lexington Collection, that provides them with the freedom to do business as they see fit for their customers while enjoying Vantage’s comprehensive resources.”  

Architecture & Design Firm Bets On China’s Second- And Third-Tier Cities

American Firm Callison, With More Than 1.4 Million Square Meters Of Space Under Construction, Sees Sustained Urban Growth

Hangzhou's MixC is one of southeast China's most striking architectural complexes

Hangzhou's MIXc is one of southeast China's most striking architectural complexes

The Seattle-based architectural and retail design firm Callison announced today that it plans to leverage its nearly 20 years of experience in the Chinese market to direct more in-country staff and resources to its already-intensive China efforts. As we’ve written before, many observers think China’s future will depend on its second- and third-tier cities rather than the traditional business and cultural centers of Shanghai and Beijing, and Callison is looking to be one of the biggest players in the development of these large, but still underdeveloped, cities.

According to a company press release, the firm has put China high on its global list of priorities. The firm’s former CEO and current Principal, Bill Karst, is currently based in China, and the firm has more than 1.4 million square meters of space under construction, including The MIXc luxury shopping complex in Hangzhou  and 24 City in Chengdu, both of which are being developed by China Resources. As the release goes on to point out, Callison is uniquely positioned in terms of major foreign architecture and design firms in China, as it has been in the market since 1991 — giving it rare insight into the workings and particularities of the Chinese market:

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Hangzhou Hopes To Boost Tourism With New Raffles City “Mega-Hotel”

UNStudio-Designed Raffles City Mega Hotel To Be 60 Stories Tall, Incorporating Offices, Residences, Mall, 5-Star Hotel

Raffles City Hangzhou will reach a height of 60 stories, presenting views both to and from the Qiantang River and West Lake areas.

Raffles City Hangzhou will reach a height of 60 stories, presenting views both to and from the Qiantang River and West Lake areas.

The British website Holiday Hypermarket reports on the massive, mixed-use Raffles City “mega hotel,” currently under construction in the city of Hangzhou, which city planners hope will increase tourism and boost the local economy. Hangzhou, situated near Shanghai in China’s coastal southeast, is known more for its natural beauty and traditional architecture, but city officials hope that the “totally green” Raffles City mega hotel will make the city more attractive for companies that would otherwise be drawn to its more cosmopolitan neighbor.

This will be the sixth Raffles City project designed by UNStudio, following similar projects in Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Bahrain, according to the company’s website. As Holiday Hypermarket points out, Raffles City Hangzhou is expected to be completed by 2012, and will feature several unique aspects that should set it apart from other large-scale mixed-use construction projects currently in progress throughout the mainland:

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