A booming trading town, Yiwu in Zhejiang has attracted merchants from South America, Europe, and the Middle East. The reason behind their migration is simple: a gargantuan 75,000-shop emporium called Yiwu International Commodity City, which serves as the world’s biggest one-stop-shop supplier. There are 1.8 million types of products sold here—think plush toys, pillows, auto parts, and beads. The 5.5 million-square-meter retailing hub is so massive that 70% of the country’s Christmas decors are bought from there.
Banking on the continued growth of Yiwu, Shangri-La has opened its first property in the city: a 362-room hotel located within the tallest building in the province. Many of the hotel’s rooms and suites overlook the neighboring river, and each have been tastefully decorated in soothing warm earth tones that are bathed in natural light.
Business travelers can enjoy a full range of entertainment facilities in the sleeping quarters, which come fitted with a marble bathroom filled with premium Shangri-La toiletries. As a tribute to the province’s culture, each space has been adorned with images of the delicate Chinese rose that have been carefully engraved in sleek wood panels.
The same homage to local heritage was the rationale behind the Dongyang wood-carved screens that can be seen in the hotel’s public areas. Meanwhile, Zhejiang’s picturesque countryside was captured in a painting made by local artist Zhou Shengfa that can be found in Shang’s imposing lobby. The same area holds the Lobby Lounge, where guests can unwind with light snacks and a diverse selection of cocktails.
Mod Chinese dining destination Yue Xiu Wok provide all-day buffets while the more casual Brown Sugar Bakery & Café serves made-to-order Asian and international dishes.
A well-equipped gym and a swimming pool are on hand for those who wish to burn a few calories, while a Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam rooms are provided for guests who wish to unwind after a long day.
Centrally located, the property is just a stone’s throw away from the Commodity City, International Expo Centre, and airport. Shanghai and Hangzhou are accessible via a high-speed train, making the hotel an ideal place to stay for those who wish to do business in multiple cities.
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