Inside China’s Cartoon-Themed Bus Hotels
Yes, there’s a Hello Kitty option.
A new theme park in China is making moves to put “sleeping on a bus” on your travel bucket list.
The owners of the Tai Tai Mountain Park in the city of Taiyuan, in China’s Shanxi Province are transforming abandoned buses, which would normally have been headed to the junk yard, into one-of-a-kind lodgings.
The idea all began with good old-fashioned recycling. “These abandoned buses are cheap to buy and it's a great reuse of waste," owner Guolin Han told CNN.
So far Han has transformed 30 buses into tiny hotels, each with a unique theme. There’s a Hello Kitty bus hotel, a Mickey Mouse bus hotel, and a Doraemon (a beloved manga character) bus hotel. Each room comes with a bed and seating area, air conditioning, and TV, as well as a private kitchen and bath.
The cost? About $43 a night.
Han estimates that he’s spent about $9,000 transforming the old buses, which feature murals and brilliant colors inside and out. The owners say they hope to attract young families as well as couples looking for a, well, literally colorful sort of hotel experience.
Of course, now the owners are turning their attention to other abandoned vehicles, like tractors, trucks, and airplanes. They hope to turn 200 buses into mini-hotels by July. Just like the old adage says: one man’s junk is another man’s homage to Hello Kitty.