China's aircraft carrier hotel opens to the public


February 27, 2012

The Tianjin Aircraft Carrier Hotel in China

The Tianjin Aircraft Carrier Hotel in China

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We first covered this story back in August, when news surfaced of an unusual hotel being constructed in the bowels of ex-Russian aircraft carrier the Kiev - the centerpiece of an 80,000 square meter (20 acre) state-supported military theme park in Tianjin, China. Three carriers were purchased from the Russians around 1996, and while one is being fitted out to become China's first real aircraft carrier, the other two have found employment as a casino and - in the case of the Kiev - a novel hotel. Last year the tale could have been dismissed as perhaps a fanciful ambition, but now the ship is on track to offer 148 rooms to the public, and we have some official pictures of the interior.

The best indication that this is a serious project is the addition of a proper restaurant that opened in December and serves mostly Russian fare. There's clearly a propaganda element to all of this - an invitation to gaze upon "the might that communism can achieve." The approximately US$15 million that it took to make the carrier safe and habitable is unlikely to ever be recouped by commercial means.

In the end, though, the venue will likely provide a fascinating and diverting couple of days should you be touring that part of China. Be warned, no swimming pool or Tourist Board stars here, though the accommodations in the VIP suites look pretty luxurious.

Source: Binhai Aircraft (Chinese)

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Vincent Rice Vincent Rice has been an audio-visual design consultant for almost 30 years including six years with Warner Brothers Cinemas. He has designed several large retail installations in London and a dozen major nightclubs across the world from Belfast to Brno to Beruit. An accomplished musician and 3D computer graphics artist, Vince also writes for AV Magazine in the U.K. and the Loudscreen digital signage blog. All articles by Vincent Rice

Maybe it's just me, but the decor isn't much to my liking...

Marcus Carr

The good news is that the PRC only has one actual carrier, the bad news is that they have realized how poor the design is.


While that is pretty cool it would have been really amazing to make it sea worthy with less rooms and use it as an offshore touring vessel.

Rocky Stefano
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