310013 Travel Guide
You know all that talk about China's epic growth? Not convinced? Here's something that will put it into perspective for you, our fellow hotel geeks: China currently has three Four Seasons Hotels. By the end of 2014, it will have 14.
The next one to opens its doors is Four Seasons Hangzhou, which just started taking reservations from October 1st. Rooms for opening night start at 2,200 yuan—about $332 USD.
Staying in Beijing at Amanresort's luxury Aman At Summer Palace - the hotel that's actually built in part of the Summer Palace so you don't need to leave your room to go sightseeing - is apparently not enough. Amanresorts are now saying they're giving travelers to China the "town and country" version of a Chinese vacation, because in 2010 they will open the Amanfayun Resort on the outskirts of one of China's seven ancient capitals, Hangzhou.
Hangzhou is about a hundred miles south-west of Shanghai, and the Amanresort will be twenty minutes outside of its center, in the buildings of an old village. Tea farmers used to live in the 47 stone courtyard houses which have been turned into 16 rooms, 21 suites and 5 villas, and with a pilgrim's circuit of Buddhist temples passing through the area, it's currently under consideration to become World Heritage listed.