Wendy Wu Tours' 14-day Yangtze cruise visits top landmarks

New York-based Wendy Wu Tours rolled out its Wendy Wu's China offerings for 2011, including a 14-day Majestic Yangtze cruise tour with 21 departures from March 14 to Oct. 31.

Clients spend four nights sailing the Yangtze River and visit some of China's most renowned landmarks, including the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors of Xian and Beijing's Forbidden City.

Prices range from $3,290 to $3,790 per person, double, depending on departure date, and include roundtrip airfare from the U.S., all meals and excursions, accommodations, guide services, $190 Chinese visa processing fees and taxes.

Call (877) 993-6399 or visit www.wendywuschina.com.  

Design debut in Shanghai

Kosmopolito Hotels International opened the Yue Shanghai Hotel, the first in the company's Boutique Series by Kosmopolito in mainland China.

The Yue Shanghai Hotel, located in Pudong adjacent to Century Park, has 264 "ultracontemporary" guestrooms and suites, ranging from 377 to 2,025 square feet. Units feature wireless Internet access as well as iPod docking stations.

Hotel restaurants and bars include Gusto on the Green, serving an east-west fusion menu; Xin Guang, home to Shanghainese hairy crabs; Breeze Cafe, for light refreshments; and the Lobby Lounge and Feng Shui Bar. Facilities include a health club, business center and two function rooms.

Visit www.yueshanghai.com and www.kosmohotels.com.

Four Seasons in Hangzhou

The Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake opened in Hangzhou in October as the brand's fourth property in China. The 78-room hotel is designed in traditional Jiangnan, or southern Chinese, style, with pagoda-type pavilions, lagoons, walkways and water gardens.

The property features the Jin Sha restaurant, headed by celebrity chef Tony Lu and serving Shanghai-style and Cantonese cuisine. The eatery includes a bar and 11 private dining rooms.

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou, with nine treatment rooms outfitted with the latest spa technology, focuses on Chinese and Asian traditional healing and beauty rituals.

Four Seasons plans to increase its presence in China significantly in coming years, with openings scheduled in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Suzhou and two planned properties in Sanya.

For more, visit www.fourseasons.com.

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