Seven-star Luxury Hotel Triggers Controversy

A seven-star hotel to be built in downtown Hangzhou City, a well-known tourism resort in China, has triggered heated debate among local residents.

The extravagant hotel, with an estimated $600 million in investment, is expected to be the equivalent of the renowned sailboat-shaped Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, according to China Radio International.

Hangzhou residents have mixed opinions about the project. Some worry about whether the hotel will be worth the huge investment, arguing that a seven-star hotel goes against the most recognized values of “a thrifty society.” Others say such an eye-catching landmark would enhance Hangzhou’s name-awareness and promote the local tourism industry.


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