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Luxury hotel mogul amazed by Shanghai resorts

By XU JUNQIAN in Shanghai ( Updated: 2014-03-04 17:29

Adrian Zecha, the founder of global luxury hotel brand Aman Resorts, was amazed by the high standard of two luxury hotel projects the company is collaborating on with a Chinese antique collector.

Ahn Luh Lanting in Shaoxing, Zhejiang province, and Ahn Luh Zhujiajiao on the outskirts of Shanghai are cooperations between the Indonesian hotel brand and Qin Tongqian, a collector of old houses and furniture with thousands of pieces that are decades or even centuries old in his warehouse.

On his visit to both resorts late in February, Zecha highly praised the traditional experience, sound facilities and world-class architecture of the hotels.

The Shanghai complex, with restaurants, libraries and a tai chi stadium will be open to public by the end of 2014, while the larger resort in Zhejiang, occupying a space of 197,000 square meters set against a pristine mountain and costing 700 million yuan ($113 million), will go into operation early in 2015.

The two Ahn Luh resorts are Chinese sisters of Aman, Zecha said during his visit. They will offer a unique all-China luxury lifestyle.

"With what little I can do, I hope a traditional and authentic Chinese old-fashioned and literati lifestyle will be restored," said Qin, a native of Shaoxing and a businessman who made his fortune through contracting gardening in the 1980s.

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