Published on : Thursday, July 30, 2015
Shrouded in mist and myth, explorers have long sought to find the paradise rumored to be hidden deep within the Snow Mountains of northwestern Yunnan in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Now, modern-day seekers can journey there to discover their own interpretation of paradise, with the new HYLANDIA by Shangri-La as their gateway to one of China’s most captivating regions.
Owned and operated by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, the 166-room hotel will open on 3 August in Shangri-La City with an introductory rate of RMB 850 (about US $137) plus tax and service charges. Located at an altitude of 3,260 meters (about 10,695 feet), HYLANDIA will be the first international full-service hotel in the city, offering every convenience and comfort a traveler journeying to this remote land could want.
The hotel is a modern, high-altitude interpretation of the caravansaries once found along the Silk Road, with exotic courtyards, gardens, lounges and restaurants. Its architecture and design is an eclectic blend of Yunnan and Tibetan styles, featuring extensive use of local pine, limestone and other native organic materials. At HYLANDIA, hospitality has been re-imagined as a simpler elegance that complements the humbling beauty of the land and its people, who live in harmony with nature and each other.
Diqing is renowned for mystical snow-capped mountains, deep gorges, shimmering lakes and vast grasslands. It is the only Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Yunnan and is as equally rich in culture as it is in natural resources, with 13 distinct ethnic groups including Tibetan, Han, Naxi, Bai, Lisu and Yi living there. Diqing has long been a strategic passageway to Tibet and its capital, Shangri-La City, was a pivotal point on the Ancient Tea Horse Trail.
The majority of HYLANDIA’s staff are from Diqing, and as local ‘ambassadors’ their role is to help create unforgettable moments and memories for guest in a naturally hospitable and authentic fashion. They will personally guide some of HYLANDIA’s signature guest experiences as their responsibilities and job descriptions are more fluid, allowing for more interaction with guests.