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China follows capsule hotel trend amid travel boom
旅遊旺 中國跟進膠囊旅館熱潮

A worker presents a row of cabinet-sized rooms at China’s first capsule hotel in Shanghai, China on Jan. 8.

Photo: AFP 照片:法新社

China has followed Japan’s lead in the capsule hotel market, amid an explosion of leisure travel in the world’s most populous country.

The first capsule hotel in Shanghai opened on Jan. 8, 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 — where capsule hotels originated — each equipped with a power point, clock, light, television and wireless Internet, the China Daily said.

The men-only hotel charges 68 yuan (US$10) for 10 hours or 88 yuan for 24 hours, the report said, citing Ta Zan, who owns the hotel and used to work for capsule hotels in Japan.

“This is a huge bargain compared with other budget hotels in Shanghai,” Ta, 33, was quoted as saying.

The report said the budget hotel near the Shanghai Railway Station was the first capsule hotel in China to be built to international standards.

No one at the hotel could immediately be contacted for comment.

China’s booming tourism industry was expected to host 2.1 billion domestic and international travelers last year, an increase of 12 percent over the previous year, according to previous industry estimates.












1. capsule n.

膠囊 (jiao1 nang2)

例: This medicine comes in capsule form.


2. crisscross v.

交錯 (jiao1 cuo4)

例: Countless people crisscross the square on their way to and from work.


3. budget adj.

廉價的 (lian2 jia4 de5)

例: Young people prefer budget travel.


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