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Shangri-La China World Summit Wing

Poppy Friedman

The Shangri-La China World Summit Wing’s rooms and suites occupy the top 18 floors of Beijing’s new 81-story China World Tower, stretching some 1,000 feet above the city’s central business district. To ensure privacy within its lower-level public spaces, the high-tech hotel, which opened in August, offers such features as bulletproof windows in the ballrooms and glass walls in the boardrooms that turn opaque at the push of a button.

The Summit Wing’s 100-plus-piece art collection likewise delivers the unexpected, including Yellow Earth, a wall of 550,000 South African tigereye stones. Guests can also marvel at the urban panoramas afforded by floor-to-ceiling windows in the 278 accommodations, several of which look out to the Forbidden City and beyond to Tiananmen Square.

The newest and best of three Shangri-La-operated hotels at the China World Trade Center complex, the Summit Wing is topped off with two Adam Tihany–designed restaurants on floors 79 and 80. On the 77th floor, the hotel’s spa offers heavenly therapies in Beijing’s six highest treatment rooms. Shangri-La China World Summit Wing, +86.10.6505.2299, www.shangri-la.com

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Photo by Janos Grapow