The first capsule hotel in Shanghai opened at the weekend, less than a month before the Spring Festival holiday, when hundreds of millions of people crisscross the country to celebrate Lunar New Year with their families.
The hotel has 68 cabinet-sized rooms imported from Japan, each equipped with a power point, clock, light, television and wireless Internet.
The men-only hotel charges 68 yuan ($10) for 10 hours or 88 yuan for 24 hours. “This is a huge bargain compared with other budget hotels in Shanghai” said Ta Zan, who owns the hotel and used to work for capsule hotels in Japan.
The report said the budget hotel near the Shanghai Railway Station was the first capsule hotel in China to be built to international standards.
China’s booming tourism industry was expected to host 2.1 billion domestic and international travelers in 2010, an increase of 12 percent over the previous year.