Located in Nan Dazhan Cun, a rural village on the outskirts of Changzhi city in China, the Xiang Xiang Xiang Pray House is a luxury hotel built to five-star standards using 35 new shipping containers. According to Meng Quingdong, the village governor and major player behind the project, Xiang Xiang Xiang Pray House was inspired by Japan’s earthquakes in 2011 and designed to be a boutique hotel.
In all, the hotel covers 5,000 square meters and has a total of 21 guestrooms. The three “Xiangs” in the hotel’s name stand for incense, container, and countryside (in order) and the container hotel stands within the compound of City God Temple, a major city for ceremonies in the city. The hotel has an incense theme and is decorated in a traditional Chinese style. Amenities include free incense, sachets, and a burner and the hotel also features a lobby, restaurant, and function rooms where guests can view tea ceremonies and concerts.
Designed by Beijing-based Tonghe Shanzhi Landscape Design Company, the containers were built in the seaside city of Dalian in northeast China before being transported and assembled in Changzhi. The entire process, from design to completion, took the company a total of three months. According to a main designer on the team, the construction of the Xiang Xiang Xiang Pray House saved approximately 60 percent in water and concrete consumption and produced only 30 percent of normal construction waste compared to normal hotels with the same number of rooms.
The hotel was scheduled to open in August 2012.