Since the announcement that the 2008 Olympic Games would be held in Beijing several years ago, the city, and the whole country in fact, has been readying itself for the massive influx of tourists from all over the world. There has never been a better time to take a luxury holiday in China than during the Olympics, as new 5-star hotels and luxurious facilities pop up all over the country. There is a huge variety of tours available, so you don't even need to be interested in sports to want to go to China during the Olympics.
You'll find a wealth of options for luxury travel in China over the Olympic season, as well as before and after the Games. There are tours that encompass Beijing, as a must-see in all its Olympic splendor, with several different packages available. You can also take advantage of the electric atmosphere of the entire country with a single city tour - Shanghai, Chengdu and Xian have long been known as luxury destinations in China. Multi-city tours are available, if you'd like to take the opportunity of the Olympics to see the entire country, and there are many tours that encompass Tibet as well as China's traditional borders.
You will find customized tours available for luxury travel in China during the Olympics - if you enter your standard travel arrangements (number of people, room and meal requirements), and your travel dates, you can mix and match tour sights from different cities, different areas of interest (architecture, history, arts, eco-tours, learning Chinese, and adventure holidays), and even have the cost of a personalized tour reduced for you, if others share your interests and timing.
The city has actually spent quite a long time preparing for his Olympic season. Sources report that over one hundred new hotels have been built in China simply in response to the anticipated influx of tourists this year. Chinese enterprise is realizing the demand for luxury facilities in their resorts, hotels and package deals, and have responded to this demand with great fervor. Where you used to be able to count the number of 5-star hotels in China on the fingers of one hand, now they are available all over the country - goods news for travelers.
There are developments like Opposite House in Sanlitun in Beijing, a 99-room boutique hotel. The architect's design is said to be magnificent, with a green glass exterior and a pool made of stainless steel. It will be open in July, in time for pre-Olympic traffic. Another luxury hotel in the process of being built in China is the PuLi Hotel and Spa in Shanghai. It will have five star facilities, espresso machines in every room, all the latest technological facilities for the business traveler, and views across JingAn park and Shanghai's skyline are even available while you are in the bath!
Shangri-La is a chain renowned Asia-wide for its luxury facilities and impeccable service standards. They have several developments upcoming in time for the Olympics, and if you would like to see the country in its more natural state, there will also be 10 Shangri-La's built in the next three years. Beijing, Trader's Upper East, Ningbo and Wengzhou will be here in time for the Olympics, and you can enjoy the delicious and unique feeling of staying in a room that nobody has ever stayed in before during your Olympic trip at these hotels!
One recommendation is that if you are planning to stay in a luxury resort or hotel in China this Olympic season, look for testimonials and customer reviews of the facilities. The star-rating system in China is government sponsored, and the criteria for ratings is based solely on the rooms and equipment - the standard of service is not a factor. If you want to make sure that your luxury hotel isn't lacking in the service department, despite the 5-star rating and price tag, do a little research before you book.