Innovative Developments in China
Published: April 2009
Xie Fangwei, editor of our China edition, shares the country’s top developments.
In the heart of Pudong, the stylish Shile Boutique Lifestyle Centre (No. 1, Lane 599, Fangdian Rd.; 86-21/5033-9113) offers a modern take on ancient Chinese wellness: the vast glass-and-stone building encompasses a spa, health center, wine bar, library, and restaurant.
The Raffles Beijing (33 E. Chang An Ave.; 86-10/6526-3388; raffles.com; doubles from $255) helps guests feel more at home in the city with Beijing Walks (Odyssey Books & Guides, $24.95), a collection of clearly designed maps and tips about local sites. The special Raffles edition includes a history of the storied hotel.
Chanel recently debuted its Zaha Hadid–designed nomadic gallery Mobile Art (Star Ferry Car Park, 9 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong; chanel-mobileart.com; through April 5), in which 19 artists, including Yoko Ono, pay homage to the brand’s iconic quilted bag.