In December Chris was once again in China, this time to photograph stage two of the new Sheraton Huzhou Resort and Spa near Hangzhou in the eastern province of Zheijiang. This is a flagship property for Starwood Resorts in Asia, and its not difficult to see why. The main building’s distinctive circular shape has earned it nicknames such as “Horseshoe Hotel” and “Doughnut Hotel” and ensures this remarkable 27 story property stands out in a country where hundreds of new hotels are opening each year.
Designed and conceived by architect Yansong Ma and constructed by the Shanghai Feizhou Group the resort has 321 rooms, 37 villas, 40 suites, a stunning presidential suite, fitness and wellness centre, conference facilities, 4 restaurants, a cafe, swimming pools and more. All sitting on the edge of the man-made Taihu lake this is a property meant to impress.
As part of the shoot Chris took to the air with his SteadiDrone UAV to create a range of aerial views of the hotel and its surroundings. The day dawned bright and clear and the results were spectacular! Considering China’s heavy restrictions on airspace, creating unique aerial photos of this very unique property was a definite coup!
Once the interior facilities had also been photographed and the shoot was complete Chris and Virginia took two days to see some of the local sights around the area, more of those images still to come on social media. If you haven’t already, like Chris on Facebook to follow his page and see his image updates. :-)
(This image was taken during Chris’s first shoot the previous year).
All images copyright Chris McLennan.