Break out of Beijing


The newly opened Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, an hour’s drive from Beijing, will give satisfying shape to a break from China’s frenetic capital. Those approaching the shores of Yanqi Lake at dusk, the best time to do so, are treated to an imposing silhouette nestling on the water’s edge. Located at the foot of Yanshan mountains, nearly 40 miles north of Beijing, the building from the side has been designed to resemble a scallop, which represents good fortune in Chinese culture.

If approaching it head-on, however, the building looks like a sunrise over the lake – and is said to symbolise China’s rapidly developing economy. Incredibly, the view from inside the Sunrise Kempinski’s 306 guestrooms and suites (which range in size from 40 to 338 square metres) is just as breathtaking, featuring not only the lake and the mountains, but also the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.

Once your eyes have been fully indulged, this is a place where your tastebuds will be very well catered for too, with the hotel’s Magnolia restaurant serving up modern Cantonese fare and the Paulaner Bräuhaus bar and restaurant offering an impressive range of Bavarian dishes, plus authentically brewed German beer.

If all that leaves the other senses feeling a little left out, try a trip to the spa, where bespoke treatments featuring aromatic organic herbs are selected to suit your body type. Meanwhile, your ears should do just fine with the utter tranquillity of the hotel’s surrounds.

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Nick Scott

Nick Scott

A former editor-in-chief of The Rake and deputy editor of the Australian edition of GQ, Nick has had features published in titles including Esquire, The Guardian, Observer Sport Monthly and Rolling Stone Australia and is a contributing editor to Director magazine. He has interviewed celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig and Elle Macpherson, as well as business people including Sir Richard Branson, Charles Middleton and Nick Giles and Michael Hayman MBE.

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