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China Lodging Group, Limited Appoints Executive Vice President of Finance

SHANGHAI, China, April 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- China Lodging Group, Limited (Nasdaq:HTHT) ("China Lodging Group" or the "Company"), a leading and fast-growing multi-brand hotel group in China, today announced that it has appointed Sophia Wu as Executive Vice President of Finance, effective April 8, 2015. In this role, Ms. Wu is responsible for external reporting, investor relations, merger and acquisitions, investment and financing. She reports to Ms. Jenny Zhang, President and CFO of the Company.

"We are excited to have Sophia join China Lodging Group's team as we continue to execute our growth strategy and position our company to be the leader in the China hotel industry," said Mr. Qi Ji, founder, executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Sophia's strong leadership and broad financial experience will be invaluable assets that will benefit our company and our shareholders."

Ms. Wu has more than 14 years experience in corporate finance, SEC reporting, audit and M&A with multinational companies. Her prior experience included M&A transaction service and audit at Deloitte & Touche, LLP New York Office, as well as Reporting and Analysis team at Goldman Sachs global headquarter in New York.

Ms. Wu held a Master degree in accounting from State University of New York at Albany, and received her Bachelor degree in International Business Administration from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Ms. Wu is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States.

About China Lodging Group, Limited

China Lodging Group, Limited is a leading and fast-growing multi-brand hotel group in China. The Company provides business and leisure travelers with high-quality, and conveniently-located hotel products under seven brands, namely, Joya Hotel, Manxin Hotels & Resorts, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, HanTing Hotel, Elan Hotel and Hi Inn. For more information, please visit the Company's website: http://ir.huazhu.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information in this release contains forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. Such factors and risks include our anticipated growth strategies; our future results of operations and financial condition; the economic conditions of China; the regulatory environment in China; our ability to attract customers and leverage our brand; trends and competition in the lodging industry; the expected growth of the lodging market in China; and other factors and risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements, which may be identified by terminology such as "may," "should," "will," "expect," "plan," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "forecast," "project," or "continue," the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. Readers should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events or results.

The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law.

CONTACT: Ida Yu Sr. Manager of Investor Relations Tel: +86 (21) 6195 9561 Email: ir@huazhu.com http://ir.huazhu.comSource:China Lodging Group, Limited