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Lucire 2010 A classic brand arrives The Peninsula Hotel brings its world-class excellence to Shanghai.

Shanghai’s night of glamour

Billed as Shanghai’s most glamorous party, the opening night on March 18 saw the latest addition bearing the Peninsula name playing host to some of Hong Kong and Shanghai’s who’s who

 


Philip Kadoorie, the Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie, Lady Li, the Hon Dr Sir David Li, Clement Kwok, Leon Lai, Cheung Man Yee, David Wang.


Thomas Kong, Stephen Wang, Philip Kadoorie, the Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie, Shao Qi Wei, David Wang, Dao Shu Ming, Clement Kwok, Ying Lin Wang.


The Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie, Philip Kadoorie, Stephen Wang and David Wang unveil the commemorative plaque marking the opening of the Peninsula Shanghai.


Musical Performance by Las Voces Del Mar, the official mariachi band of the Government of México.


Florence Sloan, Vivian Wu, Gianna Jun, Jessinta Liu, Cora Wang, Paul Tchen, Andrew Loo, Archie Kao.

 


Martin Yan and Paul Tchen.


The Hon Rita McAulay, The Hon Dr Sir David Li, Lady Li.

 

ONE OF THE WORLDS most respected hotel brands, the Penin­sula, opened in Shang­hai on the aus­picious date of March 18 with a gala that saw the who’s who of Hong Kong and main­land Chinese society.

It was billed as Shanghai’s most glamor­ous party, hosted by joint owners the Hon Sir Michael Kadoor­ie, Chair­man of the Hong­kong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd. and Mr David Wang, Chair­man, SPG Land (Hold­ings) Ltd.

The Kadoories have been asso­ciated with hotels in the orient since 1890, when Ellis Kadoor­ie (knighted 1917) pur­chased shares in a fore­runner of the current hotel company. The Shanghai hotels were added to the group through acquisi­tion in 1923.

Although the new Penin­sula hotel itself was open to the public on October 18, certain facil­ities had not been completed.

Its art-déco-inspired design is meant to bring back the roman­tic, pre­war notions of a cosmo­politan Shang­hai. The location on the Bund has views of Huangpu River and Pudong.

The opening marks the return to Shang­hai for the Hong Kong and Shang­hai Hotels Ltd., which had seen its prop­erties in the city either closed, disposed of or taken over during the Sino–Japanese War and in the post­war period. In 1954, the Chinese Com­munist Land and House Bureaux took over its last prop­erty in the city, the Astor House Hotel.

Sir Michael recalled, in his opening speech, how he spent his child­hood in Shanghai while the family business operated there. ‘We are proud to come home,’ he said. •

 

Click here to view a video from the opening.

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