Just days after China created a stir with its sea trials of its first aircraft carrier Varyag, former Soviet carrier bought from Ukraine in 1998, their second aircraft carrier, Kiev, is getting a very different kind of attention.
The Kiev, originally a retired Soviet ship like the Varyag, was too old to be restored as a military vessel, therefore the owners too the next logical step: they decided to transform it into a luxury aircraft carrier hotel, first of its kind in China. Currently stationed at the Tianjin Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park for now, the Kiev has been renamed to Binhai Aircraft Park.
It is believed that the owners spent an estimated £9.6million on the transformation, including construction of five presidential suites (like the one above), which is a vast difference from the cold steel grey exterior of the Kiev itself.
Hotel room and suite rates have not been announced yet, but people are sure to be lining up for the hotel's novelty, if nothing else.
For more information on the Binhai Aircraft, please visit their website (currently only available in Mandarin).