The beautifully revitalized and historic Kuazhai Alley, Chengdu, provides the perfect setting for Diaoyutai MGM’s first ever boutique hotel, Diaoyutai Boutique Hotel Chengdu.
Integrating Diaoyutai State Guesthouse’s 800-year history of exquisite imperial service with today’s modern technology, Diaoyutai Boutique Hotel Chengdu guests experience a standard of care previously reserved for honored heads of state.
Designed by legendary French designer Bruno Moinard, Diaoyutai Boutique Hotel Chengdu complex consists of two adjoining courtyards with a total floor space of 16,000 square meters, featuring 45 beautifully appointed guest rooms, top rated restaurants and lounges and a premier club.
Within The Diaoyutai Boutique Chengdu, guests enjoy the appointments of a traditional Chinese imperial guesthouse, complimented by modern amenities and multiple fine dining opportunities. In each of the four unique dining venues, an experienced team of Diaoyutai chefs designs and prepares gourmet delicacies certain to entertain global food connoisseurs.
Some 800 years ago during the Jin Dynasty, Emperor Zhangzong built a pavilion for fishing (translated as “Diaoyutai” in Chinese) in the picturesque western suburbs of Beijing, known as the “imperial fishing pavilion”.
In 1959, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs selected the famous ancient royal retreat as venue for the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, hosting high-profile state and diplomatic receptions and visitors.
To date, Diaoyutai State Guesthouse has welcomed more than 1,300 heads of state and government from around the world including Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, US Presidents, the Emperor of Japan and many celebrities.
Over half a century’s strenuous efforts have forged the distinctive brand celebrated for its prominent banquets and peerless hospitality amid the charms of its imperial garden and rich historical and cultural heritage.
Diaoyutai is as much a place for experience and contemplation as a retreat for honored visitors – enticing guests to indulge in rich culture and art, in moments to cherish and savor.
Continuing this State Guesthouse heritage, the DIAOYUTAI brand is now a synonym for highest standards of hospitality, representing the glory of China worldwide; an intriguing classic to discover and explore.
The legend of Kuanzhai Alleys dates back to 1718, the 57th year of the Kangxi Emperor, when the Qing government sent 3,000 troops to crack down the Tibet rebellion. Thereafter, the troops stationed in Chengdu and built their own “Mandarin City”, which becomes the “Minor City” in today’s Chengdu. After 300 years of changes and transformations, the “Minor city” is no longer the same as it was in the old days. Now leaving only the Kuanzhai Alleys area, with somewhat around 40 plus Qing dynasty courtyard buildings, as a showcase to display how boom and flourish the place was 300 years ago.
The Kuanzhai Alleys, which shows the authentic side of Chengdu with a taste of Beijing. Recalling those days, the battalion of Qing troops deployed and paraded in the “Mandarin City”, the strong defense opened a peaceful century of Sichuan. Inside the “Mandarin City”, the courtyards, houses and office buildings, laid side by side in parallel alleys, which show an orderly world different to native Chengdu, and the Mandarin nobles, lived inside the city as thought it was like Beijing, which led to a creation of Sichuan and Beijing hybrid culture.
The Kuanzhai Alleys is a conservation district of historic site in Chengdu. She is like a window through which every hotel guest and visitor can go back in time and experience the historical memory of this famous cultural city.