Inside InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland: The World’s First Underground Hotel

A long abandoned former quarry in one of Shanghai’s distant suburbs hardly seems like a promising site for a new resort. But more than a dozen years and $300 million later, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is truly a sight to behold. The 18-story resort hugs the rock face in a harmonious yin and yang design, reimagining the relationship between city and nature.

– Forbes

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These Romantic Valentine’s Day Travel Experiences Will Bring Couples Closer Than Ever

It’s no secret that travel compatibility is important in a relationship. And the more you travel with your partner, the more you learn about each other. Traveling with someone you love is an opportunity to not just experience new places and cultures together, but to see sides of yourself and your S.O. that you didn’t even know existed.

– Travel+Leisure

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What the Fyre debacle says about the state of the modern music festival

For years now, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — the desert blowout that takes place every April on the manicured grounds of Indio’s Empire Polo Club — has been selling many of its passes before its lineup is announced.

But if that success indicates the event’s importance as what might be referred to as a lifestyle experience, Coachella has nothing on the Fyre Festival, which in 2017 sold out before its lineup was even booked.

– Los Angeles Times

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Toto’s “Africa” to Play “For All Eternity” in African Desert Art Installation

The Namib is a desert in southern Africa, and thanks to a new sound installation, it will be the home to a new art installation that aims to play Toto’s “Africa” on eternal repeat, NPR reports. Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf’s installation is appropriately titled “Toto Forever.” It utilizes six speakers, an MP3 player featuring literally just that one song, and solar energy in an effort to play the song “for all eternity,” according to the artist. See what it looks like below.

– Pitchfork

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10 Great Food Shows That Aren’t About Food

In recent years, food styling — that is, the job of preparing and arranging food for film, TV, and photos — has become more important than ever. At first, says food stylist Sienna DeGovia, the food styling industry was primarily about longevity; food had to be built to last under hot lights and long shoots. Now that technology has lessened those difficulties (though they certainly still exist), food stylists can focus more on making things look amazing. “People do pay more attention now than they did in the past,” she says.” Adds fellow food stylist Janice Poon: “I want my food to be so compelling that the camera will just go to it, as if it’s a beautiful starlet.”

– Vulture

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The best wellness retreats for 2019

Once, a simple hangover breakfast might have sufficed for a reset on January 1, but not today: The world is moving lightning fast and keeping up doesn’t generally include taking a moment to breathe.

So, it’s no surprise that the retreat trend continues to grow: According to the Global Wellness Institute, worldwide wellness was a $4.2 trillion industry in 2017, with $639 billion dedicated to “wellness tourism.”

– CNN

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