Trips to China are often associated with fantastic natural landscapes such as those seen in the Hainan province, or impressive feats of human perseverance like the Great Wall of China, but the country is becoming a byword for luxury.
As many economies in Europe falter, China has made huge commercial improvements during the past decade or so and now its cities have some of the best amenities and infrastructure on the planet.
The latest world-class site to open its doors to the country’s growing amount of overseas visitors is the Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze Hotel.
Situated in the lavish business district of the city, the accommodation has been a favourite of executives for over two decades and the hotel has recently undergone a comprehensive refurbishment so it now offers tourists even more facilities.
“I would call this hotel almost like an institution, since the hotel has been well-regarded in the city for more than 20 years. This is a big plus for its property,” said Juergen Sterkau, general manager of the building.
Rooms now feature many high-tech gadgets including a plug-in iPod connection, which will enable guests to use the speakers in the room to play their own music.
Downstairs, the hotel has been improved by the addition of new banquet facilities and an extra ballroom.
Mr Sterkau said the philosophy to a good stay was simple.
“Take good care of your associates. They will take good care of the customers and the customers will return again and again,” he explained.
Those on a trip to China who decide to use the Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze Hotel as their base will be perfectly situated to enjoy a wide range of attractions.
Most stays in the city involve a trip to see the Bund. The area is a famous waterfront and has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. Buildings exhibiting Gothic, Baroque, Classicism and Renaissance architecture can all be found on the banks for the Huangpu River.