Capsule Hotel Comes To China

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China's first capsule hotel opened over the weekend, marking what could be a new trend in the world's most populous country.

First introduced in Japan, the idea behind a capsule hotel is allowing budget travelers to rent out a bed in a morgue-like row of tiny rooms.

China Daily reports the new capsule hotel in Shanghai features 68 cabinet-sized rooms, each equipped with clock, light, television, and wireless Internet.

The tiny, 300-meter square (985 square foot) hotel is for men only. Guests share a lavatory, shower room and smoking room.

Located near the Shanghai Railway Station, the hotel opening comes just in time for the Spring Festival holiday, when millions of people travel across the country to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Beds at the capsule hotel cost 68 yuan ($10) for 10 hours or 88 yuan ($13) for 24 hours.

"This is a huge bargain compared with other budget hotels in Shanghai," says hotel owner Ta Zan to China Daily.

According to industry estimates, China hosted approximately 2.1 billion domestic and international travelers in 2010, an increase of 12 percent over the previous year.




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