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Dramatic Designs: Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao's glass-bottom pool

Posted by Melanie Nayer  August 13, 2012 06:06 AM

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InterCon-pool.jpgPhoto courtesy of InterContinental Hotels Group

For some it would be the thrill of a lifetime, for others it would be the scariest swim they ever took. Either way, you can't deny the dramatic effect brought on by this hotel pool in China.

The 390-room, four-star Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao opened in May 2011 and made waves with its indoor/outdoor pool, perched atop the 24th floor of this hotel. No doubt the swimming pool has exception views, but it's the pool's mid-air suspension that made this week's Dramatic Design.

The glass-bottom section allows guests to see the street below and conversely, patrons walking the street on Xiuyan Lu can see the swimmers in the sky.

"We wanted to provide our guests a unique swimming experience, and let them feel they're vacationing even in a bustling city," a spokesperson for Holiday Inn's parent company, InterContinental Hotels Group, told CNNGo.

Readers: Your thoughts? Would you go for a swim in this pool?

Past Dramatic Designs:
B2Hotel's Lobby Lounge and Wine Bar
Gramercy Park Hotel's Drawing Room
Mandarin Oriental New York's elliptical lobby
Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg's 'floating' swimming pool
Ireland's Lismore Castle
Frescos at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Cave Bar at Mövenpick Hotel Hamburg
Bulgari Hotel London's glass mosaic pool
3D art at Four Seasons Baltimore
Viceroy Miami outdoor pool deck
Fairmont Copley Plaza's $20 million renovation

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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