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Shanghai the “Whore of the Orient” Puts Travelers in Cages

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 16, 2011


The following photos are from chinasmack and show capsule houses for weary travelers. The capsules cost about rmb 88 per day. I dont know about you, but if I have to stay in Shanghai, I dont think a rat cage would be my preference. I heard Tokyo has this sort of thing, but its Tokyo, has much more to offer than the ‘whore of the orient’- imho.

A few days ago, a capsule hotel appeared in Shanghai. According to reports, every room's width and height is approximately 110 centimeters, about 220 centimeters long, and is equipped with LCD televisions, internet connections, etc. According to reports, this hotel charges by the hour, with a base rate of 28 yuan, or 88 yuan per day.

A few days ago, a capsule hotel appeared in Shanghai. According to reports, every room’s width and height is approximately 110 centimeters, about 220 centimeters long, and is equipped with LCD televisions, internet connections, etc. According to reports, this hotel charges by the hour, with a base rate of 28 yuan, or 88 yuan per day.

Steel framed "capsules", 110 centimeters wide and tall, 220 centimeters long, with pillow and blanket, ventilation fan, adjustable lamps, alarm clocks, electrical sockets, LCD televisions, and internet access. 68 stacked rooms split into three areas, separate from the bathroom, toilet, smoking area, shop, and storage areas.

Steel framed “capsules”, 110 centimeters wide and tall, 220 centimeters long, with pillow and blanket, ventilation fan, adjustable lamps, alarm clocks, electrical sockets, LCD televisions, and internet access. 68 stacked rooms split into three areas, separate from the bathroom, toilet, smoking area, shop, and storage areas.

As it is understood, the requirements for the materials used in a capsule hotel are very high. From the frames to the accessories, all of them must be fire-resistant, and even "the mattresses are inspected for fire-resistance". But on the surface, this specially ordered mattress doesn't look any different from any ordinary mattress.

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