Shanghai Earthscraper: China opens world’s 1st underground hotel

Reshaping the relationship between city and nature

10 years in the making, Shanghai’s ‘Earthscraper,’ Shimao Quarry Hotel built vertically along the precipice of an underground, water-filled quarry has opened its door.

Cost of construction: 2 billion yuan ($287.9 million)

Height: 88-meter-tall

Location: Songjiang district.

Designer: British architect Martin Jochman.

The 336-room building comes with sports and recreation facilities that provides for rock climbing and bungee jumping. Rooms with cliff views in The Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, allow guests the luxury to stare into the abyss.

The quarry site, used during World War II, was shut down in 2000 due to new environmental protection regulations.

Plans are afoot for a shopping center to be built on the site next year.