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Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou Brings Kunqu Opera to Shang Garden

May 7, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou recently hosted a prestige event at Shang Garden, bringing in local essence – live Kunqu Opera performance, a masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The hotel’s Executive Chef Dale Wang designed a special fusion menu for cocktail, followed by a five-course dinner starting with Prawn Terrine with Asparagus and Lime Olive Oil Dressing, Clear Vegetable Soup in Japanese Style, Oyster Rockefeller, and Grilled Beef Fillet with Foie Gras and Green Peppercorn Sauce to Citrus Mocha as dessert, all of which were matched with fine wines.

Professional actresses played selected scenes from the famous play, The Peony Pavilion, during the event.  Guests were impressed by this most exquisite form of Chinese opera that originated in the Suzhou region.  It parallels the elegant Shang Garden with greens and blossoms during spring.

Inspired by the architecture of Suzhou Museum, one of I.M. Pei’s works, Shang Garden captures the essence of a Suzhou classical garden with elements of water, rocks, plants and pavilion.  The pavilion made from modern materials is the focus of the 700-square-metre garden, while the water feature with goldfish makes the garden alive.  This created space of urban scenery is an amicable environment that brings guests in harmony with nature.

Aside from the Kunqu Opera, Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou also provides a themed coffee break “Gu Su Style” with live Ping Tan performance in Suzhou dialect.  Guests may enjoy one of the top green teas in China, Suzhou’s Bi Luo Chun tea, local snacks and desserts, including one of the local specialties – sweet Euryale Seed soup with Osmanthus.  The old-fashioned square tables, local traditional chinaware and decorative red lanterns indulge guests in the essences of Suzhou.

Night cruises on the Great Canal with cocktail service by Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou is another recommended high-profile event to experience with a local touch.  The dragon boat can accommodate up to 50 people.  The innovative culinary team headed by Executive Chef Dale Wang and the professional service team of specialists will ensure that every detail is meticulously handled with care to create a lasting impression for guests and their guests.  Along the way are 10 bridges in diverse traditional designs, a few ancient city gate sites, ancient river town dwellings and historical relics.  The gorgeous lighting adds more glamour to the night boating cruise.

Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou boasts state-of-the-art comprehensive meeting facilities featuring a 1,310-square-metre, pillar-free Grand Ballroom, a junior Metropolitan Ballroom, the only Auditorium Room among five-star hotels in Suzhou, four function rooms and a hotel purpose-built VIP Room, all of which are fully complemented by meeting aids, including wireless connectivity and audio-visual and sound equipment.  Alternatively, Shang Garden is a unique and charming venue for the special moments.

For more information or inquiries, please contact Event Department at (86 512) 6808 0168 extension 6361 or email

Located at the Metropolitan Centre that is named one of Top 10 Landmarks of Suzhou City by the local government, Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou is the tallest five-star international luxury hotel in Suzhou offering breathtaking overlooking views of the city.  The hotel provides easy access to the city’s natural, historical and cultural attractions, including Taihu Lake, classic gardens, Suzhou Amusement Park and Dragon Pool Ecology Scenic Spot.  It also provides convenient access to the Shanghai metropolis and cities in the Yangtze River Delta Area through expressway nets or railways, making it an ideal option for tours, outside catering and team buildings.  The hotel has 390 spacious rooms and suites; six restaurants and a bar offering an array of cuisines, including Huaiyang, Cantonese, Japanese and international fare; a spa with six private treatment rooms; and a fully equipped health club with a 24-hour gymnasium, an indoor swimming pool and tennis courts.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages more than 80 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 34,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka and United Kingdom. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at

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