The People’s Republic of China was established in 1949 by the Communist Party of China. One of the first magnificent luxury hotels in China during the early stage of this era was Renmin Dasha. After opening in 1953, the government-run complex was the only accommodations available to foreigner dignitaries visiting Xi’an. The building designed by architect Hong Qing features flower motifs and a nine-story central dome. This made it the city’s second tallest structure at the time. The property also included the Grand Theatre. Everything was lavishly appointed. After a major renovation, the historic property reopened in 2014 as the People’s Grand Hotel managed by Sofitel Legend. A five-star rating does not begin to do justice to this 71 suite hotel. Many people consider this to be Xi’an’s premiere hotel.