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Chinese Resort Transforms Buses into Hotels

Hotel & Resort | Patrick Clarke | June 01, 2016

Chinese Resort Transforms Buses into Hotels

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Few travelers if any have likely ever wanted to stay the night inside of a bus. But one Chinese resort is looking to change that.

Tai Tai Mountain Park in China's Shanxi province is transforming old buses into hotels, according to CNN.

So far, the resort has converted more than 30 buses into tiny hotels equipped with everything guests have come to expect from a hotel room, including kitchens and bathrooms.

The bus hotels are also attractions in their own right since the resort has given each its own theme. Many of the unique accommodations have been inspired by famous cartoon characters, including Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty and Doraemon.

The exteriors of the buses feature cartoon murals while the interiors boast matching themed decor including cartoon bedspreads, dishware and stuffed animal decorations. 

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Although the concept is undoubtedly pioneering, the resort's motivation to convert the buses is simple.

"These abandoned buses are cheap to buy and it's great reuse of waste," Tai Tai Mountain Park president Guolin Han told CNN.

Because the resort has only spent a little more than $9,000 to transform each bus into a mini-hotel, guests are able to save as well, with rooms available for as low as $43 per night.

While the bus hotels have proven popular in the short period of time they've been available, the resort has its sights set on an ambitious expansion plan as it aims to convert 200 buses and other vehicles by July 1.

In addition to buses, Tai Tai Mountain Park is eyeing tractors, trucks and airplanes. 


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