‘This is an ocean city built by man,’ said guide Liu Xun. ‘There will be 1000 rooms (in the hotel) and all will have seaside views.’
The thick smog that normally blankets Chengdu risks making it a sunless sea, but visitors will not need to worry about that, she said.
‘We have borrowed a Japanese technique. There will be an artificial sun that will shine 24 hours a day and allow for a comfortable temperature,’ Liu said. The system uses specialised lighting technology that heats as well as illuminates.