New Asia Hotel was constructed in 1943. It is a nine-story mansion and was the first hotel in Shanghai which was funded, designed, built, and managed by a Chinese group. The hotel was renovated in 2003, retaining its original look, but improving its facilities and changing its interior decoration. There are three main restaurants in the hotel that serve a mix of cuisine. The White Clouds Hall provides Cantonese food, the Sea Clouds Hall serves Shanghai styles, and the French Restaurant serves Western food. The hotel has a post office, a ticket reservation office, billiards room, sauna, dancing hall, karaoke, and gymnasium. The business center is equipped with a fax machine, printer, photocopying, and access to various meeting rooms. New Asia Hotel is within easy walking distance of Shanghai's prime shopping area on Nanjing Road. It is three kilometers from the railway station, 40km from Pudong International Airport, and only 18km from Hongqiao Airport.