Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has broken ground
on a new city resort development, the 230-room Shangri-La Hotel,
Diqing in Shangri-La county, Yunnan province. The property is
scheduled to open in early 2013.
first appeared in British novelist James Hilton's Lost Horizon in
1933, it has been associated with the mystique of a place which
could not possibly exist here on Earth. In Tibetan, Shangri-La
means the "sun and moon in heart", an ideal home only found in
Coming to its namesake region Shangri-La Hotel,
Diqing is located in the centre of town which has a permanent
population of 345,000 and retains its fabled and charming
The low-rise urban resort will offer 230 guestrooms
with an average of 40 square metres in size. Public areas feature
an all day dining venue, Chinese and speciality restaurants, a
Grand Ballroom and meeting facilities as well as a VIP room.
Recreational facilities include a health club, spa with beauty
salon and an indoor lap pool.
Diqing Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture is located in the northwest of Yunnan Province, on the
southward expansion of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau at an average
altitude of 3,380 metres in the heart of the Hengduan Mountains.
Diqing and Shangri-La county are popular with leisure travellers wanting to experience the beauty of nearby Padacuo
National Park and the famed Tiger-leaping Gorge and Meili Snow
Mountains. Blue Moon Valley and the Thousand Lake Mountain scenic
area are within 100 kms from Shangri-La town centre and are part of
the UNESCO world heritage site of the "Three Parallel Rivers of
Yunnan Protected areas". Geographical reference points include
Kunming approximately 600 kilometres to the southeast, and Lijian
or Dali about 200/300 kilometres respectively to the south.
The area presents year-round recreational opportunities with a
typical high plateau climate and an average annual temperature of
6 degrees celsius. Diqing Xianggelila airport offers direct
flights from Lhasa and Kunming. Flights from other main cities
generally transit through Kunming.
"Together with the
opening of Shangri-La Hotels in Chongqing and Lhasa at the end of
2011 and 2012 respectively and the existing property in Chengdu,
we are extending our portfolio into the western regions of
mainland China," said Greg Dogan, Shangri-La's president and chief
executive officer. "Diqing is famous for its natural scenery and
we are especially pleased to enter Shangri-La county with its
beautiful name and mythical background for which our company was
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