Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts will be opening its second property in Harbin this December. The Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin is located in the city’s business district and is a five-minute drive from the Ice & Snow World, home to the city’s famed ice festival.

The new property joins Shangri-La’s existing hotel in the city, the Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin, though at 344 rooms it will have a lower capacity than its older 404-room counterpart. That said, the new Songbei property will also feature 33 executive apartments in addition to its guestrooms, which together will range from 452 to 1,916 sqft and offer views of the city and river.

“Having the opportunity to introduce a second Shangri-La in Harbin and ahead of the ice festival is exciting,” said Tyson Wang, the hotel’s general manager. “Our intentions are to deliver rich and unique experiences that not only embrace the vibrancy of the fabled city of ice, but also the hospitality of the Shangri-La brand from the arrival experience through to experience details, culinary inspiration and our luxurious living spaces.”

The hotel’s rooms will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, mood lighting, quality linens and luxury amenities, while a personalised concierge service is offered with the Horizon Club Lounge and dedicated guest floors. Meanwhile, additional facilities at the hotel include an indoor swimming pool, spa, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and fitness centre.

A total of five dining options will be available at the Songbei Shangri-La, with Shang Kitchen being the property’s up-scale option serving Chinese cuisine including Peking duck, casserole dishes and regional specialties. An all-day dining restaurant, Café Song, as well as a gourmet pub food take away, Grab & Go, round out the core dining facilities, while the Lobby Lounge and De Drunk’n Pig will offer high tea and refreshments, and live music entertainment respectively.

In addition to the new Harbin property, in mainland China Shangri-La has a total of 13 other properties in the pipeline scheduled to open between now and 2020, including in Beijing, Jinan, Kunming, Suzhou and Xiamen.