The World’s First Panda-Themed Hotel to Open in China

The first panda-themed hotel in the world opened on February 26 at the foot of Mount Emei in Sichuan Province. Pandas are everywhere from sculptures and paintings to room motifs.

An employee dressed in a panda costume poses for a photo during the soft opening of a panda-themed hotel at the foot of Emei Mountain, south-west China’s Sichuan province on Feb 25, 2013.Photo: Jen’s Mom/Flickr

As China opens its doors to thousands more tourists each year, the local entrepreneurs are responding with alacrity. This week, a panda-themed hotel opened in Sichuan Province, China.

Why is it in China? Actually the opening of such a hotel makes sense for two reasons.

First the giant panda is seen as a symbol for China. It is also protected by the Chinese government, and killing a panda is a crime.

So what tourist would not like to stay in place that is surrounded by images and sculptures of this sweet and adorable creature?

Second reason: this Chinese province of Sichuan is famous place for being the home of the ever so cute and cuddly Giant Panda.

Tourists regularly flock to the giant panda sanctuaries in southwest Sichuan province of China, where more than 30% of the world’s highly endangered breed are situated.

The hotel that only recently made its debut, won’t let you forget that for a second. Every surface is covered in pandas.

According to China Daily, all of the rooms in the hotel are decorated with panda-themed paintings, sculptures and furniture.

The interior and exterior of the hotel is fitted with panda-related decorations and is the first panda-themed hotel in the world.

The hotel is expected to be officially open in May. The price for one room may vary from 300 to 500 yuan per night, what is about $50.

You can even find them clinging to your teacup in the hotel’s restaurant.

The manager of the hotel, which is located at the foot of Mount Emei, told China News: “I hope that all of these pandas will help people to return to nature, and find simple and true happiness.”

As of 2008, the giant bear is an endangered animal. The main problem they have is habitat loss. Habitat loss is when the places they live in are ruined.

Humans often ruin the places where pandas live, such as for the construction of buildings. Pandas can also lose their habitat because of pollution.

Returning from poor pandas to themed-hotel, this one is not alone.

Around the world you may find many hotels that are dedicated to different crazy themes: there melting hotels, space-looking hotels, underwater and many others.

Talking about water. From Jules Undersea Lodge in Florida where celebs like Steven Tyler have stayed to Ithaa Undersea Restaurant to the Utter Inn in Sweden, you can sleep surrounded by water.

The Capsule Inn in Japan is one small sleeping space. Or maybe ‘space’ isn’t the right word, maybe sleeping ‘pod’ is more like it. And to think we thought the hotel rooms in NYC were tiny…

With tons of wacky-themed rooms, there’s nothing dull about California’s Madonna Inn. Take the “Yahoo” room, where the bed looks like a carriage and horns hang above the bed; or the “Rock Bottom” room where your bed appears sudmerged into a cave.

When The Galactic Suite Space Resort opens for business in 2012, well-heeled guests will be charged $4.4 million for a three night stay at the first planned hotel in space – eight-week training course on a tropical island included, reports the NY Daily News.

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