Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu, the city’s first international luxury hotel, pays homage to Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher, in proximity as well as in design.
Blending Confucian principles, Chinese traditions and contemporary style, the hotel’s design reflects Qufu’s history with a modern aesthetic. Traditional Chinese architecture sets the tone, with the hotel’s façade designed to resemble a Chinese pavilion and roofs topped with 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.
Among the opened 211 spacious guestrooms, the rooms and suites 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.
The hotel’s food and beverage facilities include Shangri-La’s signature Shang Palace Chinese restaurant serving authentic Cantonese, Shandong regional Lu and re-imagined Kong (Confucius) Family cuisines; Café Kong, an all-day casual dining venue featuring international dishes; and the Lobby Lounge with its extensive tea menu. Other venues include a 1,600-square-metre pillar-free Grand Ballroom with an outdoor terrace connected to the 680-square-metre ballroom foyer and seven additional function rooms.
Situated in the city centre, Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu is within walking distance to the Temple of Confucius, the Mansion of Confucius and the Cemetery of Confucius, which are UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites. Qufu, one of China’s 24 government-designated historical and cultural cities, is only two hours from Beijing and three hours from Shanghai by high-speed rail, making it a convenient cultural excursion from either city.