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"It is round and earthy and low-ceilinged; it always feels sunny, and its circular windows have a view of rippling grass and dandelions.
There is a lot of burnished copper about the place, and many plants, which either hang from the ceiling or sit on the windowsills.
Bigger than the combined size of all Heathrow’s terminals, it's just one of the many contemporary flights of fancy across the capital that sprang up prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Mandarin promises to serve up a luxury escape in historic renovated courtyard surrounds with suites, cake shop and a spa. Designed by Sir Norman Foster to resemble a coiling dragon, Beijing International Airport’s Terminal 3 has a floor area of a million square metres and took Rmb21 billion, 50,000 workers and four years to build.
The entrance to the common room is located "in a nook on the right hand side of the kitchen corridor", concealed behind a stack of barrels.
In order to reveal the entrance, no password is required.
In each dormitory four-poster beds are covered in patchwork quilts.
The dormitories are illuminated by warm copper lamps, and copper bed-warmers hang on the wall, in case of cold feet.