The Luxe List 2010, China: Fairmont Beijing, Beijing

Architect Paul Tange, son of the renowned Kenzo Tange, lives up to the family name with this modernist take on traditional Chinese gates, 25 stories tall and clad in rose-gold glass. Inside, 222 generous guest rooms—all at least 40 square meters, and with panoramic urban vistas—rich embellishments like Chinese silks, original brushstroke paintings, and hand-carved lacquerware create a plush imperial ambience, balanced by mod cons like a Bose Wave sound system. Winter visitors will surely appreciate the bathroom’s
heated marble floors and toilet seat. The crispy Peking duck cooked at Lunar 8 rightly draws raves, and homesick travelers flock to The Cut for succulent steaks; equally authentic are the addictive rolls and fresh sashimi at the sleek Sushi Bar

8 Yong An Dong Li, Jianguomenwai Ave., Chaoyang District; 86-10/8511-7777;; doubles from US$397

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