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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Opens First Hotel in Southwest China,
the 593 room Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu

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December 18, 2007 - Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu opened as Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ first hotel in Southwest China.  More than 400 VIP guests gathered to commemorate the occasion, including acclaimed Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi. 

Chengdu is not only the hometown of the panda, but is also home to the only panda breeding and research center in the world.  One of China’s top tourism cities, Chengdu offers many World Heritage listed scenic areas and various direct transportation into Tibet.  Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province and was designated by the State Council as Southwest China’s center of science, technology, commerce, trade and finance and hub of transportation and telecommunications. 

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu is a 25-minute drive from Chengdu International Airport and a convenient 15-minute walk to the Chunxi Road Pedestrian Precinct shopping area.  It is located in the city center in the historic site of the Swell Fun, the oldest wine lane in the world according to Guinness World Records. Portraying the perfect combination of colorful history and modern style, the hotel overlooks the Jinjiang River and is next to Hejiang Pavilion – built during the Tang Dynasty and now considered a lucky site for local residents.   

The 593-room hotel offers the largest guestroom size in the city center with a minimum size of 42 square meters (452 square feet) and up to 276 square meters (2,971 square feet) for suites.  Each room includes a spacious working area, a full marbled bathroom and wall-mounted LCD TV.  The deluxe rooms feature views of Jinjiang River. In addition, 26 serviced apartments cater to the special needs of long-term guests. 
                                                                                                                                                              
The Horizon Club rooms and suites offer guests panoramic views, personalized service and extensive privileges, such as use of the meeting room and business center, a dedicated concierge, complimentary American buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails at the elegant Horizon Lounge. 

The hotel’s four restaurants and bars include Cafe Z, which showcases nine open “food theaters” that deliver creatively presented and enticing international dishes. Shang Palace, Shangri-La’s signature Chinese restaurant serves fine Cantonese and Sichuanese cuisine and offers 17 private dining rooms that cater for groups of four to 40.  Mooney’s is the most traditional Irish Pub in town and the lobby lounge provides refreshments and live music. 

Inspired by the legend of Shangri-La in the novel Lost Horizon, CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La – Shangri-La’s signature spa brand – offers treatments and therapies based on Chinese and Himalayan wellbeing rituals and traditions.  With 11 treatment rooms set in an area of approximately 900 square meters (9,688 square feet), Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu features the largest spa among the city’s five-star hotels.  In addition, the hotel’s health club facilities include a gym, indoor swimming pool, outdoor tennis court and sauna.   

A range of banquet and meeting facilities are also available.  The grand ballroom, with a floor space of 2,100 square meters (22,606 square feet) and a nine-meter-high (29-foot-high) ceiling, is the largest of its type in the city center, and provides direct access via a large lift - making it even possible to drive a car inside for exhibits. For more intimate occasions, a selection of 16 additional function rooms and an auditorium are also available. 

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and manages 54 hotels under Shangri-La and Traders brands with a rooms inventory of over 27,000.  Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.  Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, mainland China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.  The group has over 48 projects under development in Austria, Canada, mainland China, France, India, Japan, Macau, Maldives, Philippines, Qatar, Seychelles, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.  For more information or reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com. 

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Contact:

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

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Also See: Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Planning Hotel Developments in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Chengdu, China / November 2003
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