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Chi Spa, Beijing

Tel: 86-106-841-2211

This showpiece of the Shangri-La Beijing's new $50 million wing is like a Zen gentlemen's club—one with 11 split-level spa suites featuring Tibetan-style ornamentation, including traditional latticed accordion doors. It uses an online questionnaire to discover spa-goers' element sign: Guests are deemed metal, water, wood, fire, or earth—based on their personal preferences (sweet versus salty, morning versus night, etc.)—so that therapists can customize treatments. The system isn't foolproof, however: The two-and-a-half-hour Enchanted Journey ($207; three treatments designed to invigorate jet-lagged limbs) sent our reporter into dreamland instead (massages, $88–$95).

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