by Michael J. Shapiro | October 11, 2016

Ritz-Carlton has signed a management agreement to debut in Xian -- one of China's four ancient capitals -- in 2018. Xian is a new high-tech hub, and the 288-room modern luxury hotel will capitalize on that business while paying tribute to the historical and cultural significance of the city.

"To explore Xian is to unearth the history of China," said Hervé Humler, president and COO of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., "making it one of the world's great cities on a global itinerary for our guests. We're delighted to be partnering with Zhongda Zhongfanxin Proprietary Co. to open the first Ritz-Carlton in such an important and culturally significant destination."

Xian, the eastern end of the ancient Silk Road, has produced many archaeological treasures -- among them the famed Terra Cotta Warriors. The modern city's history is evident throughout, from the Ming-era city walls to the narrow lanes of the Muslim Quarter. 

Two restaurants are planned for the Ritz-Carlton, Xian, offering Cantonese and Japanese cuisines, and the sophisticated Flair bar. Two expansive ballrooms will be built to host events.