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Sunrise Kempinski Hotel

Jing Jia Lu

Spend a Night in Beijing's Most Pastoral Hotel

The new Sunrise Kempinski Hotel is an hour’s drive north of Beijing, where skyscrapers give way to the farmland surrounding Yanqi Lake. Despite the space-egg look, the hotel manages to feel both traditional and bucolic, with a ceremonial teahouse, Chinese massages, and views of the Yan Mountains from many rooms in the 21-story orb.

Play the day away by hiking the nearby Mutianyu section of the Great Wall or paddling on the lake, then return for a night stroll to see the hotel’s 10,000 exterior glass panels glow, lit by hydroelectric power. And, yes, this crazy design has a story. From the side, it’s a scallop (a symbol for fortune); from the front, a sun (emblematic of China’s growth). From $320

This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.