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A new tea for your breakfast buffet?
An Yanshi, a 41-year-old former teacher and journalist, is using the bamboo-eaters' manure to help fertilise the organic green tea, which he believes will make the perfect brew. Tons of panda excrement, obtained from the nearby breeding centres in mountainous Ya'an in Sichuan province, will be used in growing the tea. Each lot of 50 grams will then go for 22,000 yuan (£2,200), which according to Mr An makes for the world's dearest cup of tea. Most people use about three grams per cup, meaning each one brewed would set one back over £130. Justifying the rather steep price, Mr An said the profits from the exotic tea would be channelled into an environmental fund. Future batches would also have a lower price tag. Wearing a panda suit during an event to promote his tea, Mr An offered his gratitude: "I thank heaven and earth for blessing us with this environmental panda tea."
Honolulu was the second-most expensive city in the United States last year for hotels, according to the Hotel Price Index released Monday by Hotels.com .
Hawaii's average daily room rate in 2011 was $175, which was a 10 percent increase from $159 in 2010, Dallas-based Hotels.com said. The website showed that average hotel prices nationwide increased by 5 percent last year. New York was the most expensive city, with a 2011 average daily room rate of $204, which was 5 percent higher than in 2010, and Boston was No. 3 with an average of $165, a 6 percent gain over 2010. Honolulu also ranked high for international visitors. The Hawaii capital was No. 7 on the list, which was topped by New York, Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla.
Sheraton Towers Singapore has embarked on a $20 million upgrade project that will see a complete facelift to the facade and driveway, as well as 412 guest rooms redesigned in a transitional style.
First opened in December 1985, Sheraton Towers Singapore was designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates. The redesign will again be facilitated by interior design firm HBA, and the refurbishment project will see the use of Italian luxury brands for interior furnishings. The appointed color scheme of the new rooms features the use of Brasilian Macassar Ebony woods and pastel shades. The marble covered bathroom is retrofitted with such comforts as the rain shower, as well as hand-held shower facilities from Damixa.
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