Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, well known for their luxuriousness and over-the-top amenities, will be opening their newest location in the mainland of China on August 1, 2013. The Shangri-La, Qufu, will feature designs that blend Chinese traditions and contemporary style while paying homage to ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius. Designers wanted to base the establishment on his “Six Arts,” which include the disciplines of Rites, Music, Archery, Chariot racing, Calligraphy and Mathematics.
Approaching the resort, guests’ eyes will be drawn to the building’s façade and roof’s tiers of flying eaves that are synonymous with traditional Chinese architecture. After forcing themselves to look away long enough to enter the building, guests will find themselves in a lobby that cleverly conveys Confucius’ key principals of harmony, hierarchy and order in its design aspect.
The glass roof provides ample sunlight for the two full-grown trees and well-manicured bed of grass welcoming guests from around the globe. As you gaze in amazement, you will you will surely note the sleek symmetry and seemingly endless Chinese patterns incorporated on the magnificent marble beneath your feet and continue on to the gloriously high reliefs in the ceiling above your head.
Guests are then invited to enjoy one of 211 spacious guestrooms facing the Yi River. With balcony views of the old city wall, palaces of the Temple of Confucius, and the hotel’s traditional Chinese landscaped garden, they may find it rather difficult to pry themselves away in order to enjoy the fine dining, 1,600 square-foot pillar free Grand Ballroom and other amenities offered by the world-renowned hotel and resort chain.
The Shangri-La, Qufu, is the only establishment of its kind and is looking forward to welcoming guests from every corner of the globe.
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