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Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu Opens on China’s New Silk Road

HONG KONG—The 362-room Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu opened on June 24 in the 52-story, mixed-use Yiwu World Trade Centre, the tallest building in Zhejiang Province. The tower offers commercial space, apartments and shopping, and is located in the city’s business district and is adjacent the Yiwu International Commodity City.

Yiwu is considered the starting point for the new Silk Road, a freight-train service that retraces the ancient trading route connecting China with Asia and the rest of Europe.

The hotel’s design features a sienna and walnut color palette to complement the Dongyang wood-carved screens in the public areas that evoke a sense of place and connection to the culture and history of Zhejiang province.

Each guestroom features natural colors and the Chinese rose—the flower of Yiwu—that can be found engraved on wood, in paintings and embossed on panels. Other features include complimentary WiFi, a marble bathroom, an executive desk and large windows.

There are three restaurants and eight private dining rooms; an outdoor terrace is available for alfresco dining. The Lobby Lounge serves refreshments, cocktails and light snacks daily.

More than 41,700 sq. ft. of event space is available, including a grand ballroom than can accommodate 1,000 guests for banquets. The hotel is the first in the city to feature an elevator that is large enough to transport cars directly to the ballroom for car-centric events, according to the company.

There also is a spa, gym, indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates some 95 hotels in 22 countries and 73 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands.