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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Opens 50th Hotel -  
the 704 room Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou 
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March 26, 2007 - Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel group, today celebrated the grand opening of its 50th hotel -  the Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou - the newest international luxury hotel to open in this thriving metropolis in more than a decade.  More than 400 VIP guests gathered to commemorate the landmark occasion, including acclaimed Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi.
 
Actress Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and hotel General Manager Robert
Bormes toast to the grand opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou.

The hotel is strategically located adjacent to the Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre, home to the world-renowned, twice-yearly Canton Fair and slated to become the second largest exhibition center in the world.  Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou is in the heart of the new Guangzhou business district, overlooking the Pearl River, the third longest waterway in China.  Of the city's deluxe hotels, the Shangri-La offers the shortest drive to the Guangzhou Bai Yun International Airport, a 30 minute drive away.

The 704-room hotel offers the largest guestrooms in the city with a minimum size of 42 square meters (452 square feet) and up to 305 square meters for suites (3,283 square feet).  Shangri-La is the newest landmark on the city skyline; at 36 floors it is Guangzhou's tallest hotel.

The 108-room, six-floor Horizon Club, includes the most expansive executive lounge in the city, with panoramic views, personalized check-in, complimentary breakfast buffet, all day refreshments and afternoon and evening cocktails with canapes.

Hotel grounds provide an oasis of 5,800 square meters (62,438 square feet) of landscaped gardens, including a free-form swimming pool, private putting green, walking paths and a 2,000-square-meter (21,530-square-foot) lawn area for open-air events and functions.

Eight dining and entertainment venues include WOK TOO Cafe, serving international cuisine from an exhibition kitchen in a Macanese theme setting.  Summer Palace, Shangri-La's signature Chinese restaurant, serves fine Cantonese cuisine and offers 18 private dining rooms, many with Pearl River views.  The popular Nadaman Japanese restaurant opens its first South China restaurant at the hotel.  Italian casual fare is offered at il Forno and a traditional and fusion Thai menu in coolThai.  Resident Japanese, Italian and Thai chefs ensure authentic cuisines. Dining choices are supplemented by the Lobby Lounge, Lift Bar and Poolside Bar & Grill.
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(left to right) Mr. Giovanni Angelini, chief executive officer and managing director of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Ms Zhang Ziyi, actress, Mr. Edward Kouk,
chairman of Shangri-La Asia, Mr. Zhu Xiaodan, secretary of Guangzhou Municipal Committee, Mr. Robert Kouk, chairman of Kerry Group, Mr. Zhang
Guangning, mayor of Guangzhou Municipality, Mr. Hong Siu Kong, deputy chairman of Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou and Mr. Zhu Zhenzhong, chairman
of National People's Consultative Committee of Guangzhou.
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CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La ' Shangri-La's signature spa brand is inspired by the legend of Shangri-La in the Lost Horizon novel, offering treatments and therapies based on Chinese and Himalayan wellbeing rituals and traditions.  Treatment rooms are the largest in Guangzhou at up to 70 square meters (754 square feet) and provide a spa within a spa environment, complete with private bathroom, dressing room, relaxation area, shower and bathing facilities. Eight of the 11 treatment rooms include infinity baths with healing color therapy.

Health Club facilities include a gym, aerobics rooms, two open-air tennis courts and the city's largest indoor swimming pool.

The opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou heralds the largest portfolio of meeting and banquet space of any Shangri-La hotel, with two ballrooms, eight function rooms, an auditorium, three VIP greeting rooms and a bridal room, totaling 6,000 square meters (64,590 square feet). The 2,240-square-meter (24,113-square-foot), pillar-less Pearl River Grand Ballroom is the largest in Guangzhou and for the Shangri-La group.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel group, currently manages 50 hotels under the five-star Shangri-La and four-star Traders brands, with a rooms inventory of over 24,000.  The group has over 40 projects under development in Canada, mainland China, France, India, Japan, Macau, Maldives, Philippines, Qatar, Seychelles, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com.

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Contact:

Director of Public Relations, North America
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Tel: (212) 382-3155
lori.lincoln@shangri-la.com
 

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Also See: Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Developing the 750 room Shangri-La Pazhou, Guangzhou / March 2004
Guangzhou Cheng Jian Tian Yu Real Estate Development Company Limited Selects Starwood's Westin Brand for a 400-room Hotel in Guangzhou / May 2005
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