Jinjiang Hotel

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Coordinates: 31°13′17.4″N 121°27′24″E / 31.221500°N 121.45667°E / 31.221500; 121.45667

The former Cathay Mansion, now one of the two main buildings of Jinjiang Hotel, viewed from inside the hotel grounds.
Hall at Jinjiang Hotel, site of the signing of the Shanghai Communique normalising Sino-American relations.
The former Grosvenor House, now one of the two main buildings of Jinjiang Hotel.

Shanghai Jinjiang Hotel (aka Jin Jiang Hotel) is a luxury hotel in Shanghai, China. The main part of the hotel comprises two early 20th century apartment buildings, set around two lawns. The hotel contains 515 guest rooms, which include both modern facilities and traditional furniture and decor. The hotel covers an area of about 30,000 square metres, of which 10,000 square metres are covered with green leisure space, flowers, and trees.[1]

History[edit]

The current Jinjiang Hotel was converted from three buildings: the 13-storey Cathay Mansion apartment building completed in 1929, the 18-storey Grosvenor House apartment building completed in 1934, and a three-storey side wing of Grosvenor House. Both buildings were owned by Victor Sassoon's E.D. Sassoon and Company Limited. By the time the Communist Party of China took control of Shanghai in 1949, many of the residents had fled the city. According to records, by the end of 1949, of Grosvenor House's 77 apartments, only 12 were inhabited: 10 by foreigner households, and two Chinese.

The name "Jinjiang" derives from a restaurant opened in 1935 by female entrepreneur Dong Zhujun elsewhere in Shanghai. In 1951, the new government took over Cathay Mansion and converted it into a hotel for senior party officials and international visitors. Dong's restaurant moved into Cathay Mansion, the hotel was named "Jinjiang Hotel", and Dong became the hotel's first chairman.

Grosvenor House remained an apartment building, but in 1956 was confiscated by the government. Some of the apartments were allocated to Shanghai's prominent literati. These same residents were denounced and "swept out" in 1957 during the Anti-Rightist Movement. The building was then allocated to Jinjiang Hotel as well.

When President Nixon visited China, the American delegation stayed at this hotel, and the Shanghai Communiqué was signed there. Jinjiang Hotel was renovated in 1998.

The separate Jin Jiang Tower hotel is a high-rise hotel built one block from the original Jinjiang Hotel. It was built in 1988.

In March 2000, the Jinjiang Hotel was rated as a 5-star hotel rating by the National Tourism Bureau of China.[citation needed] The hotel was renovated in 2004.[2]

Overview[edit]

The Jin Jiang Hotel (Jinjiang Fandian) is a garden hotel located in central Shanghai on Maoming Road near Huaihai Road's designer boutiques and retail outlets. Since its opening, the hotel has received about 300 state leaders and heads of government.[citation needed]

The hotel is set amidst two gardens and three European-style buildings. The 515 guestrooms pair modern facilities including broadband Internet access and IPTV TVs with traditional furniture and decor.[citation needed]

The Jin Jiang Hotel's restaurant dates back to the 1930s and the classic international and Asian cuisines that were popular then are still as excellent as ever.[citation needed]

The hotel also has meeting facilities, including the Jin Jiang Grand Hall which can hold up to 504 people.[citation needed] A team of event planners and specialists are available, and the facility comes with modern equipment such as simultaneous interpretation systems and video conference systems.[citation needed]

On the southern side of the Jin Jiang Grand Hall is the Jin Jiang Recreation Centre, comprising an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center.[citation needed] There is also a beauty salon and sauna.[citation needed]

Awards and recognition[edit]

As a representative of the state of "Chinese culinary artistry", the hotel's cuisine was highly praised by a New York Times reporter, proving that the China's cuisine is returning to its "glory days".[3]

The catering service department of Jinjiang Grand Hall gained the honor of “Advanced Group of National Travel Industry” and made a speech as the only representative from Shanghai (a total of six were chosen in China) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jinjiang Hotel Shanghai Introducation". Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Hotel's history". Retrieved 2009-12-31.  Archived November 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Burros, Marian (1987-04-15). "China's cuisine return to glory". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  4. ^ "The hotel won the Advanced group of national travel industry prize". Retrieved 2009-12-31.  Archived November 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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