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Shangri-La opens its 88th hotel

Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing, the 88th addition to Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, has opened in the centre of vibrant Gulou District of Nanjing city;
Known as one of China's four ancient capitals and previously home to six dynasties, Nanjing forms the 'Golden Triangle' on the lower Yangtze River making it a prime destination for business and leisure travellers with its thriving economy and historical sites that encompass the UNESCO classified Imperial tombs of the Ming Dynasty and the mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, 'father of the Republic of China'. The 450-guestroom Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing overlooks the pristine Xuanwu Lake, which features a park – dotted with temples, pagodas, pavilions, teahouses and other attractions – and is situated next to an underground train network that easily accesses every direction of the city. From the hotel, travellers are a ten-minute drive to the Nanjing Railway Station and a 45-minute car journey to Nanjing Lukou International Airport.

 Inside the 45-storey hotel, the energy of the bustling district is captured through expansive windows. The lobby, adorned with chandeliers and paintings of plum blossoms – a recurring image throughout the hotel – is a destination in itself. Taking pride of place in the airy hub of Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing is a bronze installation of children throwing sandbags. Entitled Xi Ya Zi the art piece was specially created by Xiao Xiaoqui, one of China's foremost sculptors who specialises in portraying children in action. The guestrooms at Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing range from 45 to 72 square metres and include 21 serviced apartments. Designed using earth tones with throw pillows and textured headboards to exude softness; artworks and furniture pieces stand out in the open layout that is complemented by views of the Xuanwu Lake.