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[History]White Swan Hotel——the first hotel to receive foreign guests

2014-September-15       Source: Newsgd.com

Opened in 1983, White Swan Hotel is the first hotel authorized to accommodate foreign guests in China.

Why do White Swan Hotel choose Shamian as its site?

Shamian was an island of foreign Concessions and consulates historically. Henry Fok Ying-tung hoped to establish a hotel having some political influence and enjoying local geographical and cultural features. So this modern hotel finally chose Shamian.Saving money to taste delicacies here Catering in White Swan Hotel was anther feature of Guangzhou but the price could be called sky-high. For example, one cup of coffee usually cost five yuan, ten times as the price in other hotels of its same level.

However, a large number of visitors still came here because of its beautiful river view.

“White Swan is not only a hotel”, Henry Fok Ying-tung has appraised it like this when he reviewed the 20-year construction and the managing history. Indeed, White Swan Hotel has long been the symbolic trademark in the process of reform and opening up. He also believed that where there are fireworks there are Ethnic Chinese and where there are Ethnic Chinese there are miracles. White Swan Hotel can be also a miracle created by Chinese.

 

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Editor: Kristi Yang

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