The latest hotel to up China’s architectural ante comes courtesy of the Kempinski group. Located an hour’s drive from Beijing, the property is housed in a spherical structure that rises from Yanqi Lake. ‘The circle is symbolic as the beginning in traditional Chinese culture, while the entrance is shaped like a fish’s mouth, symbolising prosperity,’ says its architect Zhang Haoi Ao, of Shanghai Huadu Architect Design Company. The interiors - by international interior design firm DiLeonardo – compliment the structure’s contemporary aesthetic and the building’s curved form affords each of the 21 floors an extra 25 per cent of natural light. The 306 guest rooms and suites offer views of the lake or the Yanshan Mountains, while the hotel’s nine bars and restaurants, offer a range of Chinese regional cuisine as well as international dishes. The pick of the bunch for a pre-dinner cocktail is the top-floor, glass-roofed View’s bar, offering perfect lake vistas.