The Second “Ride for Hope” Pedals Off from Guilin to Hong Kong
A year after seven riders successfully cycled 2,500 kilometres from Shenzhen to Shanghai in the “Ride for Hope” charity cycling activity, a group of eight volunteer riders will pedal off again from Guilin to Hong Kong on 3 January 2015.
Initiated by Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen and joined by 11 Shangri-La properties in South and East China, the first “Ride for Hope” fundraiser collected RMB343,000, which was used to build water wells for a group of villagers living in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, purchase bikes for the orphans supported by the Will Foundations in Shanghai and support beach-cleaning activities organised by Shenzhen Blue Ocean.
The second “Ride for Hope” aims to raise funds to renovate and extend the facilities of a local primary school, and to build 40 more water wells for the Guangxi villagers. Eight volunteer riders will pedal off on 3 January 2015 from Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin, passing through Guangdong Province, and they are expected to reach the finishing point at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong on 9 January 2015.
Afternoon Concerts in Tianjin
Every Saturday afternoon at the newly opened Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin, the 21-piece Jin Ying Chamber Orchestra performs in the expansive lobby making the hotel the first in the city to organise such entertainment of its kind for its guests. The home-grown musicians who collectively play classic pieces have received worldwide acclamation for their performance, and were honoured with a notable bronze medal at the International Instrumental Competition at the prestigious Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in 2013. Complimentary and open to all hotel guests, the orchestra performs in two sessions: 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
Beijing’s biggest indoor Christmas market
This holiday season, the lobby of China World Hotel, Beijing transformed into a winter wonderland featuring a village of gingerbread houses. Assembled by the hotel’s Executive Chef Reiner Lupfer and his team of pastry chefs, they worked tirelessly for two months, putting in over 150 man hours, to complete the extraordinary display. A total of 50 kilograms of icing, 200 kilograms of gingerbread dough, 12,000 gingerbread stones and 15,000 candies were used to create the biggest indoor market in Beijing, which looks like Christmas every day!
Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa Presents Potala Room Package
Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa has introduced a Potala Room Package for winter travellers heading to the holy city. Starting at RMB1,120 per night, the offer includes two complimentary tickets to Potala Palace, daily breakfast for two persons, complimentary mini bar upon arrival, complimentary wired Internet and Wi-Fi access and late check-out until 4 p.m. Even the luxury accommodation at Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa will provide magnificent Potala views. Available until 31 March 2015, information or reservations can be made via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (86 891) 655 8888.
Dalian Indulgence 24 Hours
Travellers looking to spend a day in Dalian, also known as “A City Built in Gardens”, to capture sights of the city’s scenic mountains and rock formations can take advantage of the “Dalian Indulgence 24 Hours” online offer by Shangri-La Hotel, Dalian. Benefits include a 24-hour stay that starts from the time of check-in, to be charged for only one day; daily buffet breakfast at iCafe, choice of hotel limousine transfer to or from the airport and complimentary in-room Wi-Fi access. The package is available until 31 May 2015 and it can be reserved at Shangri-La Hotel, Dalian’s http://www.shangri-la.com/cn/dalian/shangrila/offers/section/rooms-suites/details/rooms-suites/dalianindulgence/.
Experience Snow and Ice with Shangri-La’s MICE Package
Shangri-La Hotel, Changchun has introduced three kinds of Ice & Snow MICE packages for meeting, training and other group activities. With these packages, guests can experience the hotel’s signature event services, ski at Moon Lake Park, a world-class skiing ground at Beidahu Resort, and visit the Ice & Snow Fairy Land to explore the historic and cultural heritage recorded inside the brick and stone paving in the ice city – Harbin. The package prices range between RMB1,888 and RMB2,788 and include two nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast, half-day meeting, skiing at Moon Lake Park in Changchun and a half-day tour of Harbin. For details or reservations, please contact (86 431) 8898 1818 ext. 6888 or email to email@example.com.
New Look, New Chef and a New Menu
Jade on 36 Restaurant at Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai takes on a new face with the introduction of a new chef and new décor. The award-winning restaurant still offers the same breathtaking views of Shanghai and The Bund, which serves as a colourful backdrop for the European fusion cuisine created by the restaurant’s new chef de cuisine, Jeremy Biasiol.
The new décor at Jade on 36 Restaurant uses wood to reflect a warm environment and the introduction of a lounge and a mini bar further epitomises relaxation within a fast-paced city, while the food emphasises the virtues of appreciating and sharing.
As an Alain Ducasse protégé whose culinary experience includes years working at Michelin-starred kitchens around the world, Chef Jeremy brings European fusion food with a twist to the new Jade on 36 Restaurant. The menu features classic French-style Poached Frog Legs, traditional Italian-taste Mushroom Risotto, the popular American-feeling Trio of Jade 36 Burgers and innovative Japanese-touch Sushi Jade 36 Revisited.
The restaurant opens for dinner from Monday to Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. For reservations, please contact (86 21) 6882 8888ext. 6888.
SHANG PALACE’S SIGNATURE DISH
Sliced Pork Belly layered with Preserved Vegetables
One of the most classic, most recognisable Huaiyang dishes is Sliced Pork Belly layered with Preserved Vegetables. In fact, this recipe calls for quite simple ingredients, such as streaky pork, preserved vegetables, steamed dough, spices and soybean sauce. However, its cooking method is the key to serving an authentic version of this Huaiyang specialty. The first step is to boil, and then fry the streaky pork. After that, the boiled pork needs to cool down until it is firm enough to be sliced into a thin and long fillet. The fillets will be placed in a pyramid-shaped mould, into which the preserved vegetables will be squeezed. The last step is to steam the dish until the sauce permeates the pork and vegetables. Finally, the chef will arrange the dish on a plate, with Steamed Dough as a side dish. Guests can try this delicious dish at Futian Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen’s Shang Garden, where Chef Dong’s interpretation tastes as fantastic as it looks! For reservations please contact (86 755) 2151 3835.
Confucius Mansion’s Eight Treasures
Eight Treasures is one of the Kong family cuisine’s signature dishes. Using the braising method, eight main ingredients including soft pork tendons, abalone, sea cucumber, conpoy and fish maw are fused together. The result is a superb combination of great flavours and meat that is rich in taste with a soft and tender texture, but not oily. Each ingredient blends perfectly to create many depths of flavour, representing the typical characteristics of Shandong Lu cuisine with the imperial influence of the Qing and Ming dynasties. Guest can enjoy this healthy and delicious dish at Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu. For reservations, please call (86 537) 699 6998 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ART AND DECO
Tribute to Chinese Poet
Displayed between levels 1 and 2 of the Grand Tower of Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai is a special art piece entitled “Tribute to Chinese Poet”. The 5.2-metre by 2.66-metre oil on canvas was created exclusively for the hotel by the famous Shanghai-born American artist, Ms Sheng Shan Shan in 2005. Her artworks are installed in four of the world’s tallest buildings and other major works of architecture make her truly an artist of great accomplishment. In 1982, she came to the United States to pursue her academic and artistic interests, earning a master of fine arts degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She continued as an artist-in-residence at Harvard University for two years. In her 25 years as a professional artist, she has spent the last 18 years working in the public art field and has completed over 30 large-scale projects for the states of California, Arizona, Massachusetts and Florida and US cities Chicago, Miami and Denver, as well as international cities Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong, London and Venice. Her public art project called “Ocean Wave” at the Port of Miami was awarded the best public art project by Americans for the Arts in 2007.
Shangri-La Suzhou Launched “Hearing the World” Campaign
Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou recently launched a charity campaign called “Hearing the World” to raise funds for hearing-impaired Chen Siyi, a seven-year-old girl from Yancheng, Jiangsu Province who is currently undergoing rehabilitation training at Suzhou Jiayue Early Childhood Intervention Centre. The charity fund will be used to purchase cochlear implants and pay for her surgery, which costs about RMB130,000. The hotel is inviting guests to contribute through cash donations and by purchasing hotel room vouchers and celebrities’ personal items. Guests who have a special occasion to celebrate may also buy a room voucher for a one-night stay in the hotel’s Presidential Suite at RMB10,000, which will also go to the charity fund. For donations or more information, please contact the hotel at (86 512) 6808 0168 ext. 6003.