Drawing of the hotel
A 150-meter-tall hotel which is shaped like a ping-pong racket will be built in Huainan City, among a series of stadium constructions.
The hotel is planned to be located in a sports park covering an area of over 1,000 mu, along with other four buildings, which are under construction, namely, an Amercian football-shaped main stadium, a volleyball-shaped natatorium, a football-shaped gym stadium and a basketball-shaped stadium.
Jin Chang, director with Huainan Municipal Bureau of Sports told the reporter that, those buildings were all designed by Mei Jikui, a renowned architect for sports architectures.
"The design idea is from ping-pong, a sport which China boasts huge advantage in international games. An erected ping-pong racket has a perfect architectural shape for a hotel," said Jin.
The investment on the hotel is estimated to be 300 million yuan, with top part designed for sight-seeing purpose, the middle part for guest rooms and bottom part for conference center. Besides, supporting facilities such as a swimming pool are also included into the planning.
The bureau has signed agreement with China Sports Industry Group, stating that multiple sports games with international standards will be held in these stadiums in next two decades.
(By Zha Xuan)