Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened a new 362-room hotel at the beginning of China’s new land-based Silk Road – part of the country’s wider “Belt and Road Initiative” aimed at increasing trade connectivity across Asia, Europe and Africa.
The new Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu is situated within the Yiwu World Trade Centre mixed-use development in the New Silk Road gateway city. Floors nine to 38 of the hotel feature a mix of hotel rooms and 136 serviced apartments. Rooms start at 48 sqm, with suites starting at 96 sqm (suite guests also get access to the Horizon Club Lounge).
Three restaurants are available – all-day dining restaurant Yue Xiu Wok, Asian and Western cuisine Brown Sugar Bakery and Café, and the Lobby Lounge. A spa, gym, indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms comprise the leisure facilities, while some 3,880 sqm of events space comprise the property’s meetings facilities.
Outside of the hotel, the International Expo Centre, airport and train station are located nearby, with Hangzhou and Shanghai both accessible by high-speed train, taking approximately 30 and 90 minutes respectively.
Located in central Zhejiang province, Yiwu has been designated the beginning of China’s New Silk Road. In April this year, the UK sent its first direct cargo train carrying British goods from London Gateway bound for Yiwu.