Posts tagged Shanghai

Peninsula Moments in Shanghai


Back in March we already expressed our affinity for the “Peninsula Moments” video series by the Peninsula Hotels. Now the Shanghai episode is out. Enjoy.

One more Lady in Red in Shanghai

This week the Kempinski brand announced the take-over of the former Gran Meliá Hotel Shanghai in Pudong, Shanghai, which had been operated by Meliá Hotels since its opening in 2010. It seems that the owner company of the property, Shanghai Suncuba Co. Ltd, was not all too much satisfied with the performance of the Spanish hotel management company. However, we understand it’s pretty hard not to succumb to the red dressed ladies’ charms, for which the Kempinski’s lobbies have become well known. From now on the property is called Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai, being already the second Kempinski hotel in Shanghai besides the extra-exclusive ONE Executive Suites in Puxi.


Press release


Hotel website


Tempting promotional offer at the brand-new Mandarin Oriental Pudong

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, outside viewVery short after opening its second mainland China property in Guangzhou, the Mandarin Oriental group will cut the next red ribbon on April 25th in Shanghai. The hotel is located right on the banks of the Huangpu River in Pudong.


It is very likely that it will not only become a checkpoint for picky tourists and businessmen but also an outstanding culinary centre for locals. Among the six food and beverage venues the Yong Yi Ting restaurant will serve regional Jiang Nan cuisine (“south of the Yangtze river”). There will also be an exclusive French grill restaurant called Fifty 8° Grill, and the Qi Bar will show off with creative cocktails.


Until the 30th of September the Mandarin Oriental Pudong is seducing Shanghai visitors with two special offers: By booking one night guests can either choose to stay for a second night for free or to receive a spa or dining credit instead.


Hotel website


Shangri-La’s third property in Shanghai will open in June

Jing An Kerry Centre  | © Shangri-La Hotels & ResortsThe Shangri-La group recently announced to officially open the Jing An Shangri-La on June 29th. Jing An is the name of a district in Puxi (West of Hanpu River), Shanghai. Together with offices and shops the 508 guest rooms will be part of the new Jing An Kerry Centre, which is located near the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. More precisely, the hotel will occupy the top 29 floors of the main tower.


The Jing An Shangri-La will come up with some original features: The staff costumes will be designed by Han Feng (韩枫), who regularly creates costumes for international opera productions. Large-scale artworks of Zeng Fanzhi (曾梵志) and Zhou Chunya (周春芽) will furthermore increase the value of the interior design.


Besides that, 80 silk laterns will float inside the Summer Palace Restaurant, a Shangri-La brand serving Southeastern Chinese cuisine. Another restaurant called 1515 West will offer a “ranch to table” concept to the guests, with Australian prime beef grilled in an open kitchen. Guests of the Grand Premier Room category will have a 360-degree panoramic view of Shanghai from the Horizon Club Lounge on the 55th floor.


The Jing An Shangri-La is the group’s third property in Shanghai, in addition to the Pudong Shangri-La and the Kerry Hotel, Pudong.


Pre-opening information on Shangri-La’s website



China stimulates short-term tourism

FourSeasonsBeijingSince the beginning of this year the People’s Republic of China is offering transit passengers in Beijing and Shanghai a visa-free 72-hour stay (more details here). That’s a clever move from the officials. People now might be seduced to prolong their transfer time and to leave some additional cash. Between 600,000 and 800,000 additional visitors expected to make use of this new possibility in this year alone.


Without the annoying need to run to a Chinese embassy prior to departure, they will be able to see the Forbidden City or to experience some great cuisine at the Bund – or just get pampered: The Four Seasons Beijing latterly promises to make the best out of your short stay. Besides a limousine pick-up at the airport with Chinese tea refreshments included, the hotel offers tailor made itineraries. In the context of the hotel’s so-called City Explore program, the hotel assures to show their guests authentic insider locations – according to the guests’  islam preferences.


I have never been to the Four Seasons Beijing so far, but its homepage makes me want to experience it one day. The hotel houses auspiciously looking contemporary Chinese artwork (more here), and its newly opened hotel restaurant called Cai Yi Xuan is “deconstructing” Dim Sum (more here).


The prices for the stopover packages (two nights) start at CNY 7,400 (around € 915).


Four Seasons Beijing / link to the transfer package