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This is a nice hotel located in the older French part of Shanghai. The buildings are beautiful, located on a property resembling a fort, complete with outer walls, gates, multiple buildings, and a 1940's style set of satellite dishes (left over when this property was Shanghai headquarters for the communist party). Clearly a lot of attention was devoted to the looks of this hotel.
Coffee in this hotel is made using an odd device that looks as if it belongs in an old Flash-Gordon science fiction movie. It turned out to be a cappuccino maker. The device has an 2 page leather bound instruction booklet, thoughtfully printed in both Chinese and English, hidden on the desk among a variety of other booklets. It looks similar to the device below (although not exact).
After carefully reading the manual (necessary to locate the power switch), inserting a small cartridge provided in a little box, it powers up, makes a variety of alarming noises, slurps up water in the back, and produces a modest amount of funny looking coffee, dispensed into a tea cup. It is not strong enough to be called cappuccino, and the milk is premixed (ugh).
Well, better than nothing.
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