Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts to open in Confucius' birthplace in August 2013
June 24, 2013: Soon to open in August 2013, the new Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu pays homage to the famous philosopher, Confucius. It will be the city’s first international luxury accommodation.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu is within walking distance of the Temple of Confucius, the Mansion of Confucius and the Cemetery of Confucius. All three are UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites, and Qufu is one of mainland China’s 24 government-designated famous historical and cultural cities. Located in Shandong Province, Qufu is two hours from Beijing and three hours from Shanghai by high-speed rail, making it a convenient cultural excursion from either city.
A blend of Confucian principles, Chinese traditions and contemporary style, the hotel’s design reflects Qufu’s history but with a modern aesthetic. The hotel’s façade is designed to resemble a traditional Chinese pavilion and roofs topped by 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). Hierarchy and harmony are conveyed in the hotel’s dramatic lobby, where sleek symmetry and Chinese patterns repeated in ceiling reliefs and on marble floors capture a mood of harmonious elegance. Among the 211 spacious guestrooms to open in August, rooms 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.
Take a taste of Qufu's cuisine which will be available at its signature restaurant, Shang Palace. The restaurant will serve authentic Cantonese, Shandong regional Lu and re-imagined Kong Family cuisines. The hotel also features Café Kong, an all-day casual dining venue serving international dishes cooked in open kitchens, and the Lobby Lounge, which will offer an extensive tea menu. Other facilities include the hotel’s 1,600-square-metre pillar-free 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.