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Shangri-La to Open Second Luxury Hotel in Xian

Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts,
announced it will open its second five-star hotel in Xian in November 2006,
at a ground breaking ceremony which took place on 21 April 2004. This
400-room hotel will complement the group’s first hotel in Xian, the
423-room Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel, Xian, which opened in 1993,  and
Shangri-La’s current portfolio of 17 hotels in mainland China.
The Shangri-La Hotel,  Xian will be located in the new central business district of Xian,  a 40-minute drive from the international airport,
making it an ideal location for business travellers.

With a minimum room size of 40 square metres, the hotel will provide
guests with the full array of amenities, including 24-hour room service,
same day laundry and valet service,  satellite TV,  data ports and
broadband internet services.  In addition, there will be wireless access
in   the hotel’s public areas.  The three floors of Horizon Club
accommodation will offer a host of special amenities and privileges, as
well as a Horizon Club lounge for daily breakfast and cocktails, meeting
rooms, express check-in and check-out services.

The Shangri-La Hotel,  Xian will also provide a selection of bars and
restaurants including a lobby lounge, coffee shop, and speciality and
Chinese restaurants.  The highlight of its meeting and banqueting
facilities will be a 1,800-square-metre grand ballroom, which will be one
of the largest in the city.  Other facilities will include a business
centre and a health club with an indoor swimming pool.

  Commenting on the new hotel, Shangri-La’s chief executive officer and
managing director, Giovanni Angelini, said: ‘The historical city of Xian
is positioning itself as the business hub of west China.  Our new hotel in the city’s dynamic economic zone will cater to the increasing demand for luxury hotels and further strengthen Shangri-La’s presence in
mainland China, which remains the key focus of the group’s expansion plan
in Asia.’

  As one of the six ancient capitals in China, Xian is renowned for its
cultural relics.  Its Qin Dynasty Terracotta Warriors, which are only
about an hour’s drive from the upcoming Shangri-La Hotel, Xian, are one
of the most spectacular wonders of the world.