The first thing that strikes you is the opulent lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel. It has been showcasing the rich artistic culture of Chengdu since its opening by featuring nine famous contemporary artists from Sichuan. The 593 guest rooms of the hotel are delicately designed with all the modern amenities you would expect and the rooms are the largest in the city. The deluxe rooms come with a choice of city or river view and both are spectacular, however we would slightly favour the river view rooms. As you explore the city, you chat with locals over leisurely cups of tea and they remind you that this is the birthplace of tea drinking and the tea trade. Your serene experience continues back at the hotel, with a restorative treatment at the CHI, The Spa. There is no short supply of great restaurants in Chengdu, with some of the best in the Shangri-La. These include their signature restaurant the Shang Palace overlooking the Jinjiang River and serves Szechuan & Cantonese cuisine. For a more international choice they have Café Z. Staying at Shangri-La is a stunning hotel to explore the fascinating city of Chengdu from, and mirrors the cities world-renowned cuisine and style.