Luxury hotel planned for abandoned pit

By |  May 21, 2014

An abandoned pit in China is getting new life as a five-star hotel.

The 330-ft.-deep pit, which was operational starting in the 1950s yet abandoned in 2000, according to CNN, will contain a hotel that extends downward 16 stories. Three levels will extend above ground for the hotel that’s expected to open later this year or early next year.

Construction of the InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland began earlier this year. CNN reports the deepest story of the luxury hotel will be about 2,300 ft. lower than the top floor of the world’s highest hotel, the Shanghai Tower J Hotel in Shanghai Tower, which is expected to be finished around the same time as the InterContinental.

In addition, hotel planners may use the surrounding area for rock climbing and bungee jumping.

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