Forget Free Bikes, Mandarin Oriental in Shanghai Wants to See You On a Segway
We've told you about some hotels that want to send you exploring their city on a free bike and now we have a property that has the need for a bit more speed. Mandarin Oriental Pudong Shanghai has bypassed the bicycle and gone straight for guided tours of the area via the futuristic Segway.
The new hotel is perfectly located on the banks of Shanghai's Huangpu River and is an ideal location to catch some great photos ops of the towers financial district or the historic Bund across the waterway. These personal transporters make seeing the vast city a whole lot easier while reducing sore feet and the need for rest breaks; although, if your 'dogs' start barking, a trip to the hotel's garden-themed spa wouldn't disappoint.
Each 30-minute tour will kick-off as the heat begins to wane at 3:30 with the last tour leaving the hotel at 6:30pm, just in time for some stunning snaps of the setting sun making the city sparkle with colored lights. If your confidence on the two-wheeler isn't as great as you'd like, don't worry because there is free practice riding lessons at the start of the day's tours, giving even the least tech-savvy riders the ability to scoot down the promenade safely.
For 400 RMB ($64 USD), hotel guests over the age of 16 can sign-up for the zippy tours at MO's spa and if it's your first time, you get a 50% discount through the end of August -- Bonus! With room rates starting at $277 per night, the discount might make your stay even more enjoyable (if that's actually possible).
[Photos: Mandarin Oriental Shanghai Pudong]