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Brief Introduction

A Shanghai landmark for nearly a century, the Peace Hotel is known as the most famous hotel in China.

Located on the Shanghai Bund at the intersection of Nanjing Road(East) and Zhongshan Road(East 1), the Peace Hotel is composed of two former hotels famous in their own right. The Peace Hotel opened in 1956.

The North and South Buildings have a total of 420 rooms and suites, including the famous Suites of Nine Nations: China, England, USA, france, Japan, Italy, Germany, India and Spain. All the rooms are equipped with 24-hour satellite television(CNN,BBC,NHK), in-house video and private bath.

There are seventeen dining rooms and banquet rooms serving Shanghai, Cantonese and Sichuan and French cuisine.

Hotel facilities include a billiads room, exercise room, sauna, bars, shops, post office,foreign exchange, beauty and massage parlour, foreign languages bookstore and taxi service. The hotel is 18 km from Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport and 3.5km from the new Shanghai Railway Station.

The Peace Hotel Old Jazz Band is one of the city's best known musical ensembles. Composed of six veteran jazzmen with an average age of about 60, the band specialises in popular tunes from the Thirties and Forties. The nightly performances in the English-style bar are a local institution, attended by jazz fans and nostalgia seekers alike.

A Distinguished History

The 12-storeyed North Building of the Peace Hotel ,built in the Gothic style of the Chicago School, first opened as the Cathay Hotel in 1929. The Hotel's granite exterior with its copper-sheathed roof rises 77 metres above ground level. The art decor interior with its white Italian marble floor, has been exquisitely restored to its original condition.

The seven-storey South Building, dating from 1906, incorporates elements of European Renaissance design in its architecture. It was formerly known as the Palace Hotel.

The first owner of the Cathay Hotel was Victor Sassoon, an Iraqi Jew of British nationality who had made a fortune trading in opium and weapons. At the time, the building was also known as Sassoon House, for in addition to the Cathay Hotel, it housed a bank and commercial offices.

The hotel enjoyed one of the finest reputation in the world, and was where Noel Coward wrote his play "Private Lives". In its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, the hotel welcomed such notables as Charlie Chaplin and Bernard Shaw during their visits to China.

After the founding of the People's Republic of Chian in 1949, the North Building reopened as a hotel in 1956 and the South Building in 1965, both operating under the name of the Peace Hotel.

The World Suites

The Suites of Nine Nations(The Chinese Suite, The Indian Suite, The French Suite, The English Suite, The Spanish Suite, The American Suite, etc.) in the North Building date back to the founding of the cathay Hotel in 1929. Each suite is composed of three rooms: sitting room, dining room and bedroom; and all enjoy views of the Huangpu River. The furniture and decor of each of the nine suites evokes the atmosphere of the country after which the suites are named. Spending a night in one of these suites is like riding a magic carpet to a far-away place.

China Coast Ball

In 1991 and 1992, the once-a-year China Coast Ball was held in the Peace Hotel. Hundreds of guests came from as far as Australia, Europe and the USA to attend this unforgettable night of dining, dancing in Shanghai, once known as Paris of the East. The world-famous event is held in the hotel's Peace Hall, with its sprung wooden dance floor and crystal chandeliers. For a night in Shanghai, the past lives again.

Jazz Bar

Venue for the nightly performances of the hotel's famous Old Jazz Band, the Jazz Bar, with its wooden beamed ceilings and long bar, is the perfect place to spend an evening with friends.

The South Building of the Peace Hotel

The recently restored dining room in the South Building is the quintessence of the Old Shanghai, and is frequently featured in locally produced films. But the main reason to come here is the fine cuisine. In addition to cantonese style dim sum(dian xin), served in the morning, the menu features specialties from Shanghai, Canton and Sichuan.

Address:20 Nanjing Road(E), Shanghai,China
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