Ping-Pong Paddle Hotel To Be Built in Huainan, China

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on April 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

Holy ping-pong paddle batman. Go ahead, use that one next time you’re in China if this planned hotel is finished being built. Construction has yet to start on the ping-pong paddle shaped hotel in the city of Huainan, China. It will be built as part of a $45.8 million sports complex which will also be home to other buildings in the shapes of various other sporting goods, such as footballs, volleyballs, and basketballs.

The Daily Chilli reports that the complex will be built in three phases over five years. Jin Chang, the director of Huainan Municipal Bureau of Sports, said that, “an erected ping-pong racket has a perfect architectural shape for a hotel.” We’ll take your word on that.

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According to AOL, the hotel rooms will have rounded windows which, from the outside, resembling the texture of the surface of a ping-pong paddle. The upside-down bat will contain a viewing platform in the “handle” where visitors can get sweeping views of the city. Mei Jikui, a famous architect known for his sports structures, designed the buildings of the complex.

We’re not sure if the draw to these hotels will be domestic or foreign (the city of Huainan has a population of 2.4 million), but we can’t wait to see the building completed.

Tags: China, Hotel, huainan, ping-pong, table tennis

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