Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts unveiled two Shangri-La hotels in mainland China this month, increasing its greater China portfolio to 43 hotels. Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu opened in the historical hometown of Confucius, while Shangri-La Hotel, Shenyang debuted in Shenyang, the largest city in Northeast China and an industrial base.
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 facade 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.
Among the opened 211 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, Shandong regional Lu and re-imagined Kong (Confucius) Family cuisines; Cafe Kong, an all-day casual dining venue; and the Lobby Lounge with its extensive tea menu. Other venues include a pillar-free Grand Ballroom with an outdoor terrace connected to the 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.
Meanwhile, Shangri-La Hotel, Shenyang is Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts' second property in the capital of Liaoning Province in Northeast China, joining Traders Hotel, Shenyang. Shenyang is the largest city in the northeast and an economic powerhouse. A major industrial center, it serves as the transportation and commercial hub of Northeast China, with connections to Japan, Russia and Korea.
Drawing inspiration from Shenyang's Imperial Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, Shenyang has 424 guestrooms offering panoramic city views and Shangri-La's signature amenities, including complimentary high-speed broadband Internet and Wi-Fi. Shangri-La's Horizon Club guestrooms occupy the top five floors of the building. The Horizon Club Lounge on the 30th floor offers city views from nearly floor-to-ceiling window and exclusive privileges, including complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails, and free use of the lounge's meeting room for two hours per day.
The hotel is designed to cater to all types of meetings and events with 44,293 square feet of meeting space spread over two floors. The main 20,451-square-foot pillarless ballroom boasts a nine-meter-high ceiling and 6,458-square-foot pre-function area with floor-to-ceiling-windows offering views of the Qing Nian Park and the hotel's landscaped garden. It is the largest hotel ballroom in Northeast China. The grand ballroom is complemented by a 6,092-square-foot ballroom and seven function rooms. All of the function rooms on Level 4 enjoy natural light and city views featuring Shenyang's TV tower, and one is connected to a 32,453-square-foot garden terrace.
Hotel restaurants include the top-floor Shinsen, the all-day dining restaurant Cafe Liao, and Summer Palace. Other facilities include CHI, The Spa with nine private suites, a rooftop tennis court, fitness center, indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath.
Located on Qingnian Avenue (dubbed the "Golden Corridor") in Shenhe District, the hotel is located within walking distance to the city's prime shopping and entertainment area and is close to city government, consulate offices and exhibition centers. It is a 30-minute drive to the airport and 20 minutes to the city's two major train stations, which connect Shenyang by express trains to key cities.