The Five Carefully Designed Metro Stations in Shanghai

Metro station, as a part of urban landscape, should never be drab. Let the following carefully designed metro stations in Shanghai tell you what public transportation can look like.

#1 Tongji University Station (Line 10)

The design of the metro station subtly fuses the ambiance of the university via the decoration of traditional Chinese painting masterpieces. Additionally, the natural lighting from the window ceiling will direct you to the campus.

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#2 Shanghai International Circuit (Line 11)

The station at Shanghai Circuit takes the form of a huge stand, exciting you for the race in advance.

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#3 China Art Museum (Line 8)

The red facade of the station echos the appearance of China Art Museum, the former China Pavilion of Shanghai Expo.

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#4 Jin’an Temple (Line 2)

The antique fresco in the station adds to the solemnity of the ancient temple.

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#5 Haitiansan Road Station (Line 2)

To be honest, the beauty of the station doesn’t lie in its design per se; instead, the sea horizon contributes to the feature. You can even overlook the sea at the station!

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Hangzhou Top Selling Hotels Review

Tired of browsing pages of reviews on hotels? Here I gather the positive and negative features of the top selling hotels in Hangzhou for your reference.

# Dragon Hotel (杭州黄龙饭店) From CNY960

Location:No.120 Shuguang Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou

It is an absolutely top-notch hotel in China with high end rooms, services and quality. Surprisingly, the highlight of the hotel is its tech-savvy innovations, for example, sign lights up pointing you to your room when you get off the elevator. Wifi is provided everywhere. Across the street one can escape into the forested hills that lead to the famed Western (a 20 minute taxi to the lake), and other tourist spots are reachable.. Cons:The gym and pool are modern and clean but not 5 star, and not particularly attractive. The hotel has limited restaurant options. The food is good quality but caters more to the Chinese customer. As to the bathrooms, someone may find it amazing, while others find issue with its open design. The immediate surroundings are not the most interesting parts of Hangzhou, but there are plenty of taxis coming and going.

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# Hangzhou West Lake Reclusive Life Villa Hotel (Shangtianzhu Branch) (隐居西湖别墅酒店上天竺片区)From CNY1120

Location: No.363\365\367 Shangtianzhu, Xihu District, Hangzhou

The hotel is hidden in the hills by the West Lake and transformed from a villa. The rooms are embraced with natural beauty and fresh air. Perfect as for a seclusive experience, free Wi-Fi in all areas connects you with the rest of the world. The butler is really helpful and warm-hearted. On the other side, the out-of-the-way location may cause some troubles for transportation. Besides, it takes longer to cool down the upstairs due to its dated layout, which could be horrible for Hangzhou’s summer. Tip: you can ask the tour desk to help organize sightseeing trips.

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# Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake (杭州西子湖四季饭店) From CNY3000
Location: No.5 Lingyin Road, Hangzhou

This might be the most featured Four Seasons in China: The hotel is designed into a typical Chinese garden, reminding you all from ancient novels and poetry. It has kids room and hotel room. As for the location, it depends on your need. If you want some handy places surrounded by restaurants and bars, then this is not your place. As quite as your private garden, the hotel locates on a small road, which means you have to walk to the main road to get a taxi in 5-10 min. Even so, it’s just a short walk over to the West Lake. Though it charges holidaymakers quite some money, the glorious environment is worth every single penny. A blemish: the services are inconsistent. Family can ask for two connecting rooms.

If you want restaurants and bars nearby, then you might want to try hotel like Hyatt. But if you like some place quiet and away from the noisy tourists, then this is a good location.The grounds around the dining room and terrace area were glorious. a short walk over to West LakeA well known fact is that getting a cab in hangzhou is very difficult.

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# Hangzhou Tower (杭州大厦酒店) From CNY548

Location: No.21 Wulin Square, Hangzhou

The hotel has earned its fame for being long-established, but it needs to be updated in some ways. Rooms are average both for the decor and layout. As for food, choice is limited and quality is not satisfactory. You may want to skip the breakfast and got to Starbucks at the Shopping mall downstairs. It is located in a famous local shopping square and yet far away from the West Lake. Tips: Make sure you don’t take a room on the lower floors (8-12) since the KTV is very noisy at night time.

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# Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hangzhou (杭州温德姆至尊豪庭大酒店) From CNY1120

Location: No.555 Fengqi Road, Xiacheng District, Hangzhou

The hotel is a great combination of location, service and price. The west lake and some Hangzhou specialities places are within walking distance. The breakfast buffet offers an incredible selection of Asian and European food, which is a big plus for a Chinese hotel. Many western staff working at the hotel, helping to keep up with the western standards of luxury hotel. What substracts some points is you can barely see the river from the rooms.

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Hong Kong Top Selling Hotels Review

Besides the sign of excellent hotels in Hong Kong — the exciting habour view in rooms, and a shared weakness of all rooms in the city — smaller size compared with the international standards of all levels, I will let you know the particular pros and cons of each top selling hotel in Hong Kong.

# JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong (香港JW万豪酒店) From CNY2423

Location:Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

The hotel has a great view of the harbor and Kowloon side, a park beside it, and the Pacific place mall downstairs, and Star street at the back, close to the MTR station as well. The rooms are not spacious and furnishing could be updated. The bathrooms are excellent, including a shower and bathtub separately. Though with little restaurants around the area, the canteen inside the hotel offers a wide range of food. There is free Wi-Fi in the rooms.

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# The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong (香港丽思卡尔顿酒店) From CNY 4304

Location: International Commerce Center, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong

It has a not convenient location compared with others, considering a comparatively long walk form the metro station. But here you can swim in the highest swimming pool; they also have an open air terrace at 460 meters above sea level. A big part of their patrons mentioned “a home away from home“ when describing their stay there, which you can learn the attentive service from: memorizing your name, asking about your allergy…A bad thing is the laylout of the hotel makes such an inconvenience to get to your room — you need to walk so far and with 2 elevtors up. Also, food is good but overpriced.

Tips: All rooms have wonderful biews, but if you want the spectacular Hongkong island view, choose the harbour rooms.

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# Grand Hyatt Hong Kong (香港君悦酒店) From CNY1913

Location: No.1 Harbor Road, Hong Kong

The hotel is located is located directly at the Victoria harbour with amazing panoramic sights from the rooms, 5 minutes away from the ferry station and 10 minutes walk to the MTR station.The rooms are what you would expect of a modern international hotel while smaller than you might expect. Many details show they really look into every way to satisfy their patrons, such as a very healthy breakfast menu with freshly squeezed juices, fresh fruits and a lot more. Service is their benchmark — prompt response to issues. The refurbishment program is under progress till summer 2014, so expect the inconvenience.

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# InterContinental Hong Kong (香港洲际酒店) From CNY2805

Location: No.18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

You can’t be any closer to the Victoria Harbor — Venue of the Stars is a few minute walk from the lobby. Also, don’t miss to try Nobu restaurant. Amenities and features are good, such as newspaper delivered each morning, but the dated decor is a minus. What’s more, there is a lot of construction going on directly near to the hotel, so expect to see and hear noises. No free wifi for guests.

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# The Upper House (奕居酒店) From CNY3268

Location: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

The stylish tech-savvy boutique offers a unique simple luxury. Rooms are huge and half of the space is the bathroom / staging area, with views from not only the living room and bedroom but from the bath tub as well. You can order room service using an iPod touch. The whole team delivers vitality and enthusiasm, all well-trained and organized. But the layout is not detail-oriented enough though trying hard to impress its patrons. Another downside is its not decent food quality.

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The Path of the Brave:Zhangjiajie Skywalk

The world-famous Skywalk of the Grand Canyon marks the unlimited wisdom of human beings; across the Pacific, what rivals the wonder is another skywalk in Zhangjiajie, a celebrated tourist destination in Hunan province, China. The 60 meters long, 1430 meters high skywalk is a real test of gut.

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If you think that’s pretty much the limit of mental capacity, then you are probably wrong. Just at another scenic spot of Zhangjiajie lies Guigu Plank Road(鬼谷栈道), challenging everyone’s nerve. It is a place birds can hardly reach. Not all people can finish the 800 meters plank road on a 1600 meters height. If you think you can just go halfway through the walk, then don’t even start off in the first place— nobody can save you in the middle. No pain no gain, below the one-meter wide plank road is the vertical cliff and the sweeping view of the valley.

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China’s Newest City: Sansha City

The world may find it novel to have a Chinese city grabbing attention for being new, rather than ancient. Officially established in 2012, Sansha city stirred a political unrest in the South China Sea. Even so, there is good news for worldwide holiday makers and wanderlusts:the great plans for tourism in Sansha and its outlying islands have launched, which means a new destination of island tour is on the way.

Sansha Islands are the third prefecture-level city of Hainan Province. The coral landscape will be sure to make a unique scenery.

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Guangzhou Top Selling Hotels Review

Get tired of skimming through pages of reviews on line? Here I collect both the strengths and weaknesses of the top selling hotels in Guangzhou for your reference.
#Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe (广州正佳广场万豪酒店) From CNY 811
Location: No.228 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
The staff speak good English and is very helpful. Its prime location right in the downtown is  10-15 mins walk to metro while with many restaurants and shops in quick walking distance. The choices of breakfast is more than plentiful. Rooms are surprisingly spacious. The room services are good but the services in the public areas need improvements 
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#Bishuiwan Hotspring Holiday Inn (广州碧水湾温泉度假村) From CNY 678
Location: Liuxi Hotspring Tourist Spot, Liangkou District, Guangzhou 
Visitors from all over the world heap praise upon the services there. The hot spring resort live up to four-star standards, incorporating accommodation, dining, hot springs, business and gym. Something mentioned by the guests: there are 2 performances (acrobatics, songs & dances) daily at the Hot Spring area starting at 3pm and 8pm and lasting for about 1 hour, so try avoid those timing for massage – you can’t rest with that noise.
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#Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou (广州四季酒店) From CNY 1122
Location: No.5 Zhujiang West Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
It is installed on the top 30 floors of 100-story building, giving guests dramatic views through floor to ceiling windows in their rooms. The design of rooms has nothing special regarding facilities, while everyone is deeply impressed on the first viewing of the lobby.
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#The Ritz Calton Guangzhou (广州丽思卡尔斯顿酒店) From CNY 1780
Location: No.3 Xing’an Road, Pearl River New City, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
This is a real luxury hotel that someone even finds “over decorated”. Both the physical properties and service are consistent with the standards of Ritz Calton. Beyond that, service there is of flexibility — tailor the service to you need. However, it is located in a less well-known new town, which means it’s hard to get a taxi in and out. inconsistent service though the staff is attentive.
#The Westin Pazhou (广交会威斯丁酒店) From CNY 659
Location: No.681 Fengpu Middle Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou
As a luxury hotel,  the room, size and decor are really sophisticated. Comfortable bed and good sound insulation make you sleep well. Service is always the differentiator and the service here is absolutely superb. The drawback is they just has a small lobby bar, though the pool is quite big. Tips: choose the rooms facing the river.
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