Whenever you are booking the perfect holiday for that certain someone, any old hotel simply will not do. You want somewhere special, someplace with character, someplace romantic, and of course, someplace that fits within your budget. WildChina lays out three of our favorites from least to most expensive:
Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel: Tucked into the hutongs surrounding Beijing’s Houhai park, the Shadow Art hotel is the perfect little get away. Its rooms combine themes from traditional Chinese opera with clean elegant lines to create a character all their own. The real treat of this hotel though is the shadow puppet performances that take place twice weekly free of charge. Delicate paper cut outs dance across a back lit screen telling ancient stories in a reincarnation of the drive in movie theater of a thousand years ago. Indeed, to spend a night in the Shadow Art Hotel is to take a step back in time to an elegant and magical world.
Jing’s Residence Ping Yao: Nestled in Ping Yao county in Shanxi province, Jing’s Residence is the perfect retreat for couples who wish to explore the Qing dynasty’s financial capital. The interior of the hotel is furnished with beautiful bamboo floors and rice paper ceilings recalling designs from a time when this region flourished. With spacious courtyard rooms connected by traditional brick pathways Jing’s Residence will capture your imagination. As if this isn’t enough, they offer a package designed specifically for couples which includes, among other things, a romantic candle light dinner, 2 hours at the on site spa, and a noodle making class for two.
The Peninsula Hong Kong:
As the flagship property to the Peninsula Hotel group, The Peninsula Hong Kong is second to none when it comes to comfort and style. If for some bizarre reason you thought the property’s opulence wasn’t enough to begin with, the hotel has recently undergone a renovation further enhancing the elegance of its rooms by pursuing a look of “classical modernity, chic simplicity, and timeless luxury.” With top notch service, and palatial rooms, there is no better place to retreat to when you are exploring the best city in the world.
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