CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing offers a buffet dinner with live music, variety of Chinese New Year Eve shows on giant screens and a lucky draw in its Grand Ballroom. The dinner will be held on 30 January 2014 and cost RMB488 net per person. The hotel has also prepared a Family Reunion Takeaway Dinner Set that includes one suckling pig, a soup pack (for 10 people) and prosperous pen cai (selected Chinese food items for 10 people) at RMB4,688 per set. For reservations please call (86 10) 68412211 ext. 6888.
Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen has created four set menus at its Shang Palace Chinese restaurant, which includes Double-Boiled Fish Maw Soup with Mushroom and Sea Conch, Braised Sea Cucumber with Dried Oyster in Abalone Sauce, Braised 10-Head Abalone with Dried Oyster in Abalone Sauce, Suckling Pig and other delicacies for guests to usher in another prosperous year with family members from 15 January to 15 February 2014. For reservations please call (86 755) 8396 or email to email@example.com.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao offers three types of a 13-course set reunion dinner for 8 to 10 persons per table from 30 January to 13 February 2014. The set menus are priced at RMB1,988, RMB2,988 and RMB3,988 net and include such food items as Braised Beef Tendon with Chinese Yam, Steamed Crab with Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf, Braised Abalone with Bamboo Shoots and Fish Maw, Braised Sea Cucumber with Wild Rice and Steamed Live Black Garoupa. The packages priced at RMB2,988 and RMB3,988 also include free-flowing Tsingtao beer, soft drinks and fruit juice. For reservations please call (86 537)505 8866 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embrace Your Passion at the Peak of Beijing
How about celebrating the most romantic occasion with your Valentine with Beijing's nightscape glittering below? China World Summit Wing, Beijing, the tallest hotel in Beijing, offers a six-course Valentine dinner at its Grill 79. The dinner menu makes use of only the most exquisite ingredients, such as oysters and Osetra caviar, foie gras and Wagyu beef, paired with free-flowing Laurent Perrier Brut Rose Champagne at RMB1,288 per person. For reservations, please call (86 10) 85716459 or email to email@example.com.
Cultural Tours of Confucius's Hometown
The newly opened Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu has recently designed two "cultural packages" providing guests the opportunity to be immersed in Confucianism. The Confucius Business Forum Package incorporates a lecture presented by professional scholars on how to apply Confucian philosophies, such as rightness, propriety, wisdom and trustworthiness, into business operations. The Study Tour Package is for teenage students and members of Confucius Institutes worldwide. It incorporates a lecture presented by a professional scholar on the life of Confucius and the Six Arts (rites, music, archery, chariot racing, calligraphy and mathematics).
Both packages include guided tours to the Confucius Temple, Confucius Mansion and The Cemetery of Confucius, plus a themed party featuring the Kong Family Cuisine. For bookings or more information, please call (86 537)505 8866 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luxury Shopping Experience in Chengdu
All guests staying at Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu can enjoy a new complimentary luxury shuttle service to the Chengdu International Finance Square (IFS) for a one-stop shopping experience. Exclusive benefits, such as having a personal shopping guide/stylist; access to the VIP lounge with a coffee break; and previews of luxury brands' new collections and pre-sale benefits, are also provided. Chengdu IFS houses nearly 300 shops, including over 100 world-class flagship luxury stores, and features an ice rink, supermarket, IMAX cinema and global cuisines. The shuttle bus will pick up guests outside the hotel lobby on Level 2. The service is available each hour between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Everybody Loves "The Sweet Spot"
China World Hotel, Beijing has taken the bakery experience to a new level with the opening of its third The Sweet Shop, a concept cake shop, in the lobby of China World Office 1 in Beijing. The cake shop offers a wide assortment of food, including celebration cakes, freshly baked croissants, breads and pastries, sandwiches and salads, and hot beverages. As one of the most sought-after cake shops in China's capital, The Sweet Spot ensures that all its products are made right in the bakery using the best quality and trans fat-free ingredients and no additives. It is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. To place an online order or for more information, please visit www.thesweetspot.com.cn or call (86 10) 6505 3295.
Calypso, Mediterranean Magic
The freshly minted Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai has a new draw: the just-opened Mediterranean restaurant, Calypso. In the hotel's piazza, adjacent from the historic former residence of Chairman Mao Zedong, the space comes styled by notable architect Shigeru Ban and includes an alfresco rooftop patio where DJs spin and cocktails are served. In the dining room, authentic Napoli-style pizza, fresh pastas and house-made gelato steal the show.
SHANG PALACE'S SIGNATURE DISHES
Braised Bean Curd with Minced Pork and Sweet and Spicy
One of the most popular dishes at Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin's Shang Palace, this dish is cooked using local ingredients: tofu (bean curd), homemade sweet and sour sauce mixed with salty fish, chilli sauce, dry scallops and minced beef. It is served in a stone pot and differs from Sichuan Mapo Tofu because it is less spicy, but with a richer and more sweet-and-sour flavour.
Braised Pork with Dan Quan Spirit
The main ingredients of the dish is free-range pork from the Beihai Gulf and Guangxi-produced liquor Dan Quan Spirit. The chef chooses marbled pork with skin. Placing the cooked pork into a bowl, he adds a series of flavour-enhancing sauces, such as dark soy sauce, chicken sauce, oyster sauce, abalone sauce, teriyaki marinade and Maggi soy sauce. Crystal sugar, ginger, garlic bulb and Dan Quan Spirit, Liquan beer and yellow rice wine are also added before it is simmered for three to five hours. The cooked marbled pork will be placed on preserved vegetables and the cooked sauce is poured over the pork. The Chinese executive chef of Shangri-La Hotel, Beihai's Shang Palace won Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts' Chinese Master Chefs Culinary Challenge 2013 with this dish for its localised ingredients and great taste. Now, it has become one of "the must-order dishes" at the hotel's Shang Palace.
Inside Look at Beijing's Best Peking Duck
Duck is generally considered in traditional Chinese medicine as sweet and neutral in energetic quality. It may have either a mild warming or cooling effect on the body, depending on how it is cooked. Roasted duck is considered good for generating Yang (warming) energy in the body and inducing internal heat. In modern nutritional views, duck meat provides a rich amount of Vitamin B complex and E, and contains more protein than red meat and less fat than pork.
Known to serve the best Peking Roast Duck in the Chinese capital, the Horizon Chinese Restaurant at Kerry Hotel, Beijing provides the following insight on how it prepares its mouth-watering roasted duck:
- One duck is sliced into an average of about 80 pieces.
- Locally sourced sweet bean sauce and sesame oil are used to make Horizon's homemade duck sauce.
- The handmade pancake is 16 centimetres in diameter, while the shaobing varies from the traditional size at 5.5 centimetres in diameter.
- The ducks are sourced locally from Beijing Golden Star Duck Farm.
- The jujube wood used in the duck oven is sourced from Hebei Province.
- The restaurant serves about 800-900 ducks on average per month.
- The restaurant uses about 5m³ of jujube wood every month.
- The ducks are roasted at about 230-250 °C.
Go Healthy! Lunch at Pudong Shangri-La in East Shanghai
Guests travelling to Shanghai and embracing a healthy and green diet in the New Year can enjoy the Healthy Lunch menu at the Grand Tower Lounge at Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai. The menu consists of a salad, sandwich and soup prepared low in sodium and fat. Five different salads are available, from purely green to mixed ones with meat. Highly nutritious ingredients, such as quinoa, fennel, capsicum and avocado are highlighted in each salad to deliver a healthy diet concept, and the three signature soups and healthy bread baskets contain rye bread rolls and multi-grain bread roll sticks. The lunch menu designed by the hotel's Executive Chef Ulrich Jablonka, a certificate holder of special dietetic qualification in Germany, is available daily at the Grand Tower Lounge for RMB88 for two items and RMB48 for a single item. For reservations, please call (86 21) 2828 6888 or email fbreservation.slpu@shangri la.com.
Breakfast Klub at Kerry Sports in Shanghai
For business travellers on the go, The Kerry Hotel, Pudong, Shanghai's Breakfast Klub offers its executive club floor guests a complimentary and efficient "wake-up" solution that is designed for the ultimate workout in a minimum time. Starting at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays, the Breakfast Klub includes a 30-minute high-energy exercise with instructors from Kerry Sports studios, followed by a well-chosen, healthy low-calorie breakfast taken "to go" or enjoyed at the juice bar at Kerry Sports.
In this "social networking age", social media is everybody's best friend. Through Wi-Fi, people are technically surrounded by their friends. Having been the first international luxury hotel group to introduce free Wi-Fi service at all its hotels in 2009, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts now also offers complimentary "moving Wi-Fi", enabling travellers to remain connected to their social world the moment they hop into Shangri-La's limousines.
Siraitia Grosvenorii Welcome Tea
A local specialty in South China, Siraitia Grosvenorii is known for being rich in vitamin C, glucoside and protein. The recent research also suggests that isolated mogrosides have antioxidant properties and produce some kind of anticancer effect. It is often used as natural low-calorie sweetener for cool drinks and, in traditional Chinese medicine, to treat diabetes and obesity. All guests staying at Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin can enjoy the unique Siraitia Grosvenorii Welcome Tea.
The First "Les Clefs d'Or" in the Chinese Garden City
Jack Zhang, chief concierge of Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou, has newly been accepted as member of "Les Clefs d'Or" in Suzhou. After being a member of "Les Clefs d'Or China" (also known as Golden Key Association China) for three years, Jack successfully passed the qualification session and became an international member in December 2013. He is the first chief concierge in the city and in the Jiangsu Province to receive this honour.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world's premier hotel companies, currently owns and/or manages more than 80 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 34,000. Over four decades the group has established its brand hallmark of 'hospitality from the heart'. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com