Shangri-La Hotel to Open in Qufu, China

By Paul Joseph

Luxury hotel brand Shangri-La is to open a new property in the Chinese city of Qufu – billed as the city’s first international luxury hotel.

Situated just moments from three UNESCO World Heritage sites in China’s southwestern Shandong province, the new hotel will boast an enticing location which will be augmented by a striking façade that resembles a traditional Chinese pavilion.

Supported by eight sizeable pillars, the hotel’s porte-cochère is also dotted with red lacquer panels emblazoned with Chinese motifs and Lo Shu Squares imprinted on the sides of the ceiling.

On the hotel’s interior, the design has been created to emphasise the three key principles of Confucian philosophy – order, harmony and hierarchy – as well as its six arts of ries, music, archery, chariot racing, calligraphy and mathematics.

Meanwhile the lobby contains sleek symmetry and Chinese patterns in ceilings reliefs and on its marble floors, whilst two fully-grown trees sit as the lobby’s centrepiece attraction – each flanked by grass, marble seats and dark wood columns.

The hotel also features two dining options: the Shang Palance restaurant which is a fine dining eatery serving traditional Chinese fare and the more informal Café Kong which offers a more international menu.

Other notable amenities include a grand ballroom, an outdoor terrace, six function rooms, a bridal room and a VIP room.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently runs almost 80 residences across Asia, the Middle East, North America, Oceania and Europe.

By Paul Joseph