Updated: January 2012
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced the development for a new city resort, the 220-room Shangri-La Hotel, Diqing in Shangri-La county, Yunnan province during a ground breaking ceremony today. The property is targeting to open in 2014.
Shangri-La is the "Eden in dream." Since it 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 heaven.
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 character. The low-rise urban resort will offer 220 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 km 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°C. 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 in 2012 and 2013 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 named.”
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 79 hotels under the Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders brands with a room inventory of over 32,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka and United Kingdom. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com