A Special Tree Planting Ceremony to Mark 100th Anniversary of Morris Residence
20th July, 2017 – Donghu Group and IHG celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Morris Residence at InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin with a special tree planting ceremony. Zhu Wei Dong, General Manager, Donghu Group and Richard Solomons, former CEO of IHG attended the ceremony which also marked the 5th anniversary of the hotel becoming an InterContinental hotel.
Zhu Wei Dong, General Manager of Donghu Group (Right) and Richard Solomons, former CEO of IHG (Left) shake hands after planting the friendship tree
Zhu Wei Dong, General Manager of Donghu Group (Right Six) and Richard Solomons, former CEO of IHG (Left Five) together with InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin management team
Purchased in 1916 by HE Morris (Morris Residence built in 1917, originally 100-acres of land), a British businessman who also owned the first grey hound racing track in Shanghai. In 1927, Chiang Kai-Shek and Madame Soong May-Ling held their engagement ceremony here and Madame Song also had her own favorite room in the building. During the War of Liberation (1946-1949), the hotel served as the headquarters for the Communist Party in Shanghai. After the foundation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the building was taken over by the East China Bureau of the Communist Party and Shanghai’s first mayor, Chen Yi, used the building as his official office and residence during his term.
This building is constructed in the classic colonial British heritage style. Its architectural pattern is so magnificent, an outstanding example of wood stone and brick structures, covered with a classic red tile roof.
The Morris Residence Villa’s south windows face a large lawn. The main entrance is located on its northern side, a smaller lawn with fountain can be seen there. The architecture lays on a single axis, projecting outward on both sides, but not strictly symmetrical. Through the hallway, high above the visitors is the glass ceiling is a blue iced glass inlay. A red five-pointed star on a yellow smaller glass adorns the whole ceiling. The living room is decorated by teak, the floor seems like a chessboard covered with black striped marble. The dining room is situated on the west of the living room, a very small semicircle shrine is standing there. Under the sparkling crystal chandelier, the beautiful landscape can be seen through the bright windows which people can enjoy when dining here.
Four meeting rooms on the ground floor named Indigo, Magenta, Sepia and Cherry. 8 stylish bedrooms on the second/third storey.
InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin was officially opened on May 28, 2013. As the first heritage hotel of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in Greater China, InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin ranks among a select group of eight heritage hotels worldwide managed by IHG. Located in the heart of Shanghai’s former French Quarter, close to Huaihai CBD and many of the city’s famous tourist attractions, InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin covers an area of 55,000 square meters featuring exquisite gardens and French style lawns. It exclusively presents Old Shanghai’s elegance of the 1930’s. Precious memories and unforgettable stories are behind each of the classic buildings. While walking on the path which leads through the garden, visitors may wonder about how life would have been decades ago. It is really a unique place inspiring sympathy, relaxation and imagination.