Shangri-La pays homage to Confucius with new property

SHANGRI-LA Hotels and Resorts will open a new hotel on August 1 in Qufu, otherwise known as the birthplace of Chinese philosopher Confucius.

The 211-room Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu is located within Shandong Province, two hours from Beijing and three hours from Shanghai by high-speed rail. Guests will reside within walking distance of three UNESCO World Heritage Cultural sites – the Temple of Confucius, the Mansion of Confucius and the Cemetery of Confucius.

Chinese architecture and interior design principles guide the design of the hotel, whose façade is shaped to resemble a traditional Chinese pavilion, with roofs topped by grey tiers of flying eaves.

In the lobby, Chinese patterns repeat in its ceiling reliefs and marble floors, while the reception desk is offset by deep red lacquer panels and highlighted by a painting of Chinese plum blossoms.

The hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout its premises, a 1,600m2 pillarless Qilu Grand Ballroom with an outdoor terrace connected to the ballroom foyer, six additional function rooms, a Bridal Room and the Hall of Wisdom VIP room.

Guests can also tuck into Cantonese, Shandong and re-imagined Kong family (Confucius’ descendants) cuisines at the hotel’s signature Shang Palace restaurant, international dishes at the all-day dining Café Kong, or sip tea from the extensive tea menu at the Lobby Lounge.

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