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2013-06-27 12:45
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Shanghai - The rock face of an abandoned quarry in China is to be transformed into a spectacular hotel with its own waterfall.

The Telegraph reports that the hotel, a £345-million (R5bn at R15 to the pound), five-star property for the InterContinental hotel group, will cling to the walls of the quarry and overlook a sunken lake.

As a centre piece, the property will have a 100-metre-high waterfall that will spill from the hotel roof down and be visible from bedroom window.

Two of the hotel's 19 storeys will be submerged, looking into the depths of the lake at the bottom of the 100-metre-deep quarry. 

The resort will also offer opportunities for extreme sports, specifically rock-climbing and bungee-jumping from the quarry walls. 

The resort is based in the Songjiang district, near Shanghai. British design company Atkins is behind the build and intends to make the property as green as possible.

From a walkway above the lake, guests will enter the complex via a naturally-lit atrium that the architects have said will incorporate the existing rock face, with the occasional waterfall and patches of vegetation.

The hotel is expected to open in late 2104 at the earliest, with rooms costing around £200 (R3 000) a night.

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