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Beijing's boutique hotels turn old into style

08-15-2012 09:54 BJT

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Beijing's hotel business is undergoing a revolution to attract the rich and fashionable to China. Boutique hotels are flourishing in the capital, with some being transformed from old temples and ancient residences, turning the forgotten relics of a bygone era into luxurious havens for tourists.

The red doors under the ornately carved entrance keep out the hustle and bustle of Beijing's busy streets. This used to be the extravagant home of a powerful politician in the Qing dynasty, now it's called the Du Ge hotel. The rooms cost about 2,000 yuan a night. It combines traditional Chinese style with the comforts of modern living.

Beijing's hotel business is undergoing a revolution to attract
the rich and fashionable to China.

Adam Xie, Du Ge Sales Manager, says many of their clients are here to experience Chinese culture.

Adam Xie, Sales Manager, Du Ge Hotel, said, "Many business customers come here looking for a different experience, so they chose hotels with an unusual style. Here they find the calm and tranquility of a traditional Chinese courtyard but with contemporary elements."

Du Ge hotel is just one of many newly renovated boutique accommodations in Beijing. At the heart of the city's Dongcheng district, finishing touches are still being made on the Temple Hotel, but it’s already stirring a great deal of interest amongst tourists. It will offer just eight exclusive rooms from September 2012.

Beijing's hotel business is undergoing a revolution to attract
the rich and fashionable to China.

The hotel is built upon the Zhizhusi Temple founded by Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty. When it was rediscovered in 2007, it was in ruins.

Juan Van Wassenhove, Co-Founder, The Temple Hotel, said, "This came about because I was living very close to here, and I was just bicycling and then I saw from the street the tip of the temple, and I was attracted by it. I pushed the door and discovered something which could be very, very beautiful."

Now the site is undergoing restoration works to turn it into a 3,500-square meter venue. The management team says it will be authentic enough to give their guests a sense of stepping into Chinese history.

Beijing's hotel business is undergoing a revolution to attract the rich and
fashionable to China.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CCTV.com

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