Preventing the 88-meter-deep (290 feet) pit from flooding was among the chief challenges for engineers working on the swanky 336-room InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, part of a $288 million development that also includes a theme park. The hotel, which is one of a growing number of bold architectural designs springing up in China, hugs one side of the pit wall, with a waterfall cascading down the opposite face. The subterranean 17-floor hotel is about an hour's drive from the centre of Shanghai, with room charges starting at 3,394 yuan ($490) a night. There is a floor of suites below the water level, but don't expect to gaze directly into the depths of Shenkeng Quarry -- the windows are instead buffered by large fish tanks. "Why do we say there is nothing in the world that compares to the quarry hotel project?" Chen Xiaoxiang, chief engineer with the real estate giant, Shimao Property, said to AFP. "It’s a project that's completely new, a project we have never encountered … [Read more...] about This place is the pits: China opens luxury hotel in quarry
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When it comes to a sandwich, which is best? Are you a BLT kind of guy? Or perhaps cheese and tomato is more your thing? Over in Hoi An there’s only one place to go when it comes to a tasty snack and that’s Banh Mi Phuong. Six years ago, the late chef Anthony Bourdain popped in and described his banh mi as a ‘symphony in a sandwich’ – and it seems food lovers the world over took note. His critique has done the store no harm at all and business has boomed since that day. There are now as many customers coming for selfies as they are for sandwiches. Tourist Julie Chapman from New Zealand said: “This place was recommended and a lot of people want to come here so that’s good for the family that owns the restaurant. “I think it’s the way they cook the meat and I don’t think I could recreate that at home. I would give it a crack but I’m not sure it would taste as good.” Phuong Lan, whose … [Read more...] about Is this the best sandwich in the world?
The Đà Nẵng International Fireworks Festival (DIFF) 2018 has entered the final stage, with the last show on June 30. The organisers spoke to many spectators who have experienced the fireworks from a lot of places---from free entrances to costly places---to compile a list of the best spots to enjoy the firework finale between the two famous competitors: the United States and Italy. Enjoy fireworks for free Hàn river bridge, Thuận Phước bridge and Dragon bridge or Trần Thị Lý bridge---which are the inspiration for this year’s DIFF---as well as locations around Hàn river are some of the places where you can watch the fireworks for free. The reflections of the fireworks on the river will make for an unforgettable experience. But to enjoy the show it is advised to arrive early to claim the best spots near the bridge as a large number of tourists to Đà Nẵng city during the ongoing summer vacation can make … [Read more...] about Best places to witness Đà Nẵng fireworks festival
Over the past years, Russia has overcome difficulties and challenges to achieve impressive outcomes in different fields, including the socio-economy. Russia is entering a new development period, especially after the results of the State Duma’s election in December 2017 and the Russian presidential election in March 2018. This May, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on national objectives and strategic tasks of the Russian Federation’s development in the period up to 2024 with the aim of making breakthroughs in science and technology and the socio-economy, creating favorable conditions to improve the ordinary people’s living standards. President Tran Dai Quang (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin Under the decree, Russia has created targets in medicine, education, poverty rate, and other social welfare policies. In Russia’s foreign policy, the Asia-Pacific region has an important significance and it continues to grow. … [Read more...] about Vietnam has a special place in Russia’s foreign policy
General Kim Yong Chol (centre), who is in charge of inter-Korean affairs for North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, arriving at the inter-Korea transit office in Paju on Feb 27, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Korea Pool) General Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the central committee of the Workers' Party and right-hand man to Kim, will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York on Wednesday or Thursday, officials said. Trump confirmed the general was on his way in a tweet and boasted that Washington would have a "great team" for the talks on resolving the old foes' nuclear standoff. The president still hopes the meeting will take place on Jun 12 in Singapore. "Meetings are currently taking place concerning Summit, and more. Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you!" Trump wrote. The White House is prepared for the planned summit to take place on Jun 12, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday. “The … [Read more...] about White House prepared for North Korea summit to take place Jun 12: Spokesperson