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August 1, 2013updated Aug 02, 2013

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to Unveil Two Hotels in Mainland China

By Chris Boyle

palace-resizedShangri-La Hotels and Resorts has unveiled a new Shangri-La hotel in mainland China and plans to open another later this month, increasing its greater China portfolio to 43 hotels.

Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu opened yesterday in the historical hometown of Confucius, while Shangri-La Hotel, Shenyang will debut on August 15 in Shenyang, the largest city in north-east China and an important industrial base.

To celebrate the openings, both hotels are introducing special offers that will be available until December 31, 2013.

Valid from August 1, 2013, Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu’s special offer starts from RMB788 (approximately $129) per night for a Deluxe/River View Room and includes complimentary buffet breakfast for one person at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, 15% off on laundry, themed welcome amenities and late check-out until 3pm.

Valid from August 15, 2013, Shangri-La Hotel, Shenyang’s opening offer starts from RMB1,128 (approximately $184) per night for a Deluxe Room and includes a RMB300 (approximately $49) dining credit per room per night that may be used at the hotel’s restaurants and bars (excluding in-room dining and the mini bar), welcome fruits, complimentary parking and late check-out until 3pm.

On top of these opening offers, Golden Circle (GC) members can enjoy a complimentary room upgrade and double or triple point rewards for a stay of up to three or more nights at either property. Non-staying GC members with qualifying spending can also earn double Golden Circle points, while 500 points will be credited as welcome bonus to new members who enrol online and make a qualifying stay during the opening promotional period.

Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu, the city’s first international luxury hotel, pays homage to Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher, in proximity as well as in design.

Blending Confucian principles, Chinese traditions and contemporary style, the hotel’s design reflects Qufu’s history with a modern aesthetic. Traditional Chinese architecture sets the tone, with the hotel’s façade designed to resemble a Chinese pavilion and roofs topped with grey tiers of flying eaves.

The hotel’s interior design concept expresses the three key principles of Confucian philosophy – order, harmony and hierarchy – and is based on Confucius’ “Six Arts,” which include the disciplines of Rites, Music, Archery, Chariot Racing, Calligraphy and Mathematics.

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Among the opened 211 spacious guestrooms, the rooms and suites facing the Yi River are designed with balconies offering views of the old city wall, palaces of the Temple of Confucius and the hotel’s traditional Chinese landscaped garden dotted with pavilions.

The hotel’s food and beverage facilities include Shangri-La’s signature Shang Palace Chinese restaurant serving authentic Cantonese, Shandong regional Lu and re-imagined Kong (Confucius) Family cuisines; Café Kong, an all-day casual dining venue featuring international dishes; and the Lobby Lounge with its extensive tea menu.  

Other venues include a 1,600-square-meter (17,222-square-foot) pillar-free Grand Ballroom with an outdoor terrace connected to the 680-square-meter (7,320-square-foot) ballroom foyer and seven additional function rooms.

Situated in the city center, Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu is within walking distance to the Temple of Confucius, the Mansion of Confucius and the Cemetery of Confucius, which are UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites.

Qufu, one of China’s 24 government-designated historical and cultural cities, is only two hours from Beijing and three hours from Shanghai by high-speed rail, making it a convenient cultural excursion from either city.

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