Symbolism abounds in Beijing’s Sunrise Kempinski Hotel. Sitting on over 3,400 acres the compound features 14 restaurants and bars, a private marina, and even a pagoda. Covered by 10,000 glass panels, by day they reflect the sky, mountains, and lake. By night they are lit up by hydroelectric-powered LEDs.
The Hotel is 318 feet high and holds 306 rooms and suites over 21 floors. Each element was chosen with purpose. The building’s circular shape mimics a rising sun symbolic of China’s fast-growing economy, the entrance resembles a fish’s mouth for prosperity, from the side the building looks like a scallop representing fortune.
Construction took 9,300 workers 24 months to complete. One night’s stay ranges from $350–$4,000 per night.