eLong Special Committee Appoints Independent Financial Advisor and Legal Counsel

Aug 20, 2015, 23:00 ET from eLong, Inc.

BEIJING, August 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- eLong, Inc. (Nasdaq: LONG) (the "Company"), a leading mobile and online travel service provider in China, today announced that the special committee (the "Special Committee") of the Company's board of directors (the "Board") has retained Duff & Phelps (Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC and Duff & Phelps, LLC) as its financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis as its legal counsel in connection with its review and evaluation of the previously-announced non-binding "going private" proposal from Tencent Holdings Limited ("Tencent") that the Board received on August 3, 2015 (the "Transaction").

The Board cautions the Company's shareholders and others considering trading in the Company's securities that the Special Committee is continuing its evaluation of the Transaction and that, at this time, no decisions have been made by the Special Committee with respect to the Company's response to the Transaction. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made by Tencent, that any agreement will be executed with Tencent or that the Transaction or any comparable transaction will be approved or consummated. The Company does not undertake any obligation to provide any updates with respect to the Transaction or any other transaction, except as required under applicable law.

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About eLong, Inc.

eLong, Inc. (Nasdaq: LONG) is a leader in mobile and online accomodations reservations in China. eLong technology enables travelers to book hotels, guesthouses, apartments and other accommodations, as well as air and train tickets, through convenient mobile and tablet applications (m.eLong.com), websites (www.eLong.com), 24 hour customer service, and easy to use tools such as destination guides, maps and user reviews. eLong's largest shareholders are Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTRP), Ocean Imagination L.P., and Tencent Holdings Ltd. (HKSE: 0700).

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