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June 7, 2012

New Chinese Hotel: Mandarin Oriental to Open in Chengdu

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced today that it will manage a luxury hotel which is under development in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, China.

Mandarin Oriental, Chengdu, which is slated to open in 2015, will form part of a prestigious mixed-use development located on a prime riverfront site in the Jin-jiang district, close to the city’s key commercial and entertainment areas and opposite the ancient Wang-jiang Park, which dates back to the Ming dynasty.

The hotel will be positioned as the most sophisticated luxury hotel in Western China. Located on the top 33 floors of an iconic tower, the property will feature 320 spacious rooms including 41 expansive suites, with outstanding views of the Jin-jiang River, the city skyline and Wang-jiang Park.

Hotel accommodation will be designed in an elegant, contemporary style, taking full advantage of the property’s outstanding vistas. Design elements will be influenced by the Group’s oriental heritage with Mandarin Oriental’s exacting attention to detail. Guestrooms and suites will also incorporate the Group’s sophisticated technology and entertainment systems. Guests will also have access to an exclusive executive club lounge.

Offering the finest dining in the city, Mandarin Oriental, Chengdu will have a wide selection of restaurants and bars to choose from, including a sky-high rooftop bar and tea lounge, a Chinese restaurant serving Sichuan cuisine, three speciality dining venues and a signature Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. The hotel will also offer a spectacular 1,200-seat grand ballroom and a 500-seat junior ballroom plus a variety of multi-purpose function spaces, making this the ideal destination for conferences and social gatherings of all sizes.

An all-encompassing 2,740 square meter Spa at Mandarin Oriental will feature 10 expansive treatment rooms, offering the most comprehensive range of wellness, beauty and massage treatments available in the region. Spa-goers will enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s award winning signature programs as well as specifically developed treatments inspired by Chinese traditions and customs. The hotel will also offer extensive fitness facilities including an indoor swimming pool.

The owner and developer of the project is Chengdu Mind River Land Co., Ltd. The Hong Kong based international architectural firm, Aedas, has been appointed as master planner and architect.

Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental said, “We are delighted to extend Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of hospitality into Western China. This project presents an ideal opportunity to further grow our brand in the mainland, and we are looking forward to creating the best luxury hotel in this dynamic city, the capital of this important economic and culturally rich province.”

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“We look forward to working with Mandarin Oriental on creating the most sophisticated luxury hotel in Sichuan province, and are confident that this opening will significantly add to the area’s appeal,” said Xie Xiangping, Managing Director of a fund managed by CDH Investments, the project’s shareholder.

“The reputation of Mandarin Oriental as an award-winning international brand, renowned for its exemplary service and attention to detail, makes the Group an ideal partner for this exciting project,” added Chen Dong, Project Founder of the Chengdu Mind River Land Co., Ltd.

Chengdu is located in the fertile Chengdu Plain and is one of the most important business and leisure centers in Southwest China. It is fast becoming the city of choice for international investors doing business in Central and Western China, and is also a popular leisure destination and a gateway to a number of prime tourist attractions. These include the Wo-long panda research center, E-mei Mountain, the Giant Buddha of Le-shan and the stunning Huang-long and Jiu-zhai-gou national parks.

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