Shangri-La Arrives In Tibet

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts has opened its first hotel in Tibet, the brand new 289-room Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa. Positioned as an “urban retreat”, the property marks a homecoming of sorts for the brand inspired by the mythical Himalayan paradise, offering an authentic insight to Tibetan culture and hospitality.   Overlooking the majestic Potala Palace, a … Continue reading

China Plans Extensions To World’s Highest Railway

China has revealed plans to make its rugged western frontier more accessible via its burgeoning rail network. The country will add several railway lines to the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, 7 years after it went into operation and became the world’s highest railway line.   Spanning 1,956 kilometers between Xining and Lhasa, the line carried 10.76 million … Continue reading

Starwood Opens New St. Regis In Shenzhen

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has welcomed the latest addition to its luxury St. Regis brand in China. Designed by famed architect Sir Terry Farrell, the new St. Regis Shenzhen opened earlier this week and occupies the top 28 floors of the city’s landmark Kingkey 100 building.   297 guestrooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic … Continue reading

Air China Launches Nonstop Beijing – Lhasa Service

Air China has launched a new service between Beijing and Lhasa, serving Tibet nonstop from the Chinese capital for the first time in recent years. The state-owned carrier will fly the route daily, complementing its existing services to Chengdu, Chongqing, Kathmandu, Ngari and Qamdo.   Flight CA 4125 departs Beijing at 0805 hrs, arriving in Lhasa … Continue reading

St. Regis Enters Thailand With Bangkok Property

Starwood’s luxury St. Regis brand debuts in Thailand today with the opening of the new 227-room St. Regis Bangkok. Occupying the 12th to 24th floors of a 47-storey mixed use tower on Rajadamri Road, the highly-anticipated hotel designed by Brennan Beer Gorman Architects (who oversaw the renovation of the St. Regis New York) is conveniently … Continue reading