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Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li, is an all-villa urban resort in the largest remaining cluster of “shikumen” estatewithin the cultural preservation zone of Shanghai’s Xuhui District

Singapore, 19 April 2016 – Shanghai Hengfu Investment & Development Co., Ltd has appointed Capella Hotel Group Asia as the manager of Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li, which is scheduled to open in March 2017. Located within the historical and cultural preservation zone of the Xuhui District, Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li will be the city’s only all-villa urban resort in the last remaining cluster of historical “shikumen” (stone warehouse gate) estate, which was the landmark of 1930s Shanghai. Capella Residences Shanghai, located within the same estate, will open in early 2017.

Originally built in the 1930s by French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine, the Jian Ye Li estate is comprised of the ultra-luxury Capella Shanghai, Capella Residences and The Gallery, a retail destination for lifestyle brands. Sensitively restored for the affluent clientele, these “shikumen” buildings are a marriage of traditional Shanghainese and Western architectural styles which first appeared in the 1860s. Due to Shanghai’s rapid development, original “shikumen” houses are a rarity against the glistening skyscrapers and modern architecture. The Jian Ye Li estate will be a showcase of Shanghai’s residential heritage featuring Chinese courtyard houses with Parisian flair.

Mr. Zhu Jingsong, General Manager of Shanghai Hengfu Investment & Development Co., Ltd. said, “For a decade, Capella Hotel Group Asia has been devoted to the development of the world’s hospitality landmarks and preservation of historic architecture with cultural value. This cooperation between Xufang Group and Capella Hotel Group Asia is an alliance between like-minded partners. Both parties shall play to each other’s strengths and build upon the profound historical and cultural heritage of Jian Ye Li’s unique architectural structures. It is our common goal to transform Jian Ye Li into a vibrant and charming landmark that symbolizes the protective utilization of Shanghai’s beautiful historical architecture.”

“Capella Hotel Group is deeply honored to be appointed as the custodian of Shanghai’s last remaining “shikumen” estate and an important part of Shanghai’s cultural heritage. The juxtaposition of a contemporary gateway city with the alluring heritage of a past era makes Capella Shanghai truly unique. We will instill our Capella service philosophy and leverage on our expertise in the ultra-luxury segment to create a new hospitality icon for Shanghai,” said Mr. Horst Schulze, Chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group.

Capella Shanghai, is located within the Jian Ye Li heritage conservation estate. It will be Shanghai’s only all-villa urban resort with 55 villas complemented by the legendary Capella Library, the award-winning Auriga Spa, a French brasserie and intimate event venues. In 2017, Capella Residences will be fully functional with 40 apartments for the discerning clientele in search of ultra-luxury accommodation. The Gallery, which forms the façade of the Jian Ye Li estate, is a collection of niche retail lifestyle brands.

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About Shanghai Hengfu Investment & Development Co., Ltd.:

A professional corporation funded and established by Shanghai Xufang Group, the company specializes in the protection, transformation and development of historic blocks as well as historic buildings including garden villas and newly restored houses in alleyways. It specializes in the historic communities’ preservation and transformation as well as in garden houses’ and lane houses’ protective development. Hengfu Development found its own mission to inherit cultural resources and preserve precious historic communities. The company is committed to both the preservation and development of historic architectures with persistent efforts and the good will of renaissance so as to entitle them everlasting vitality. Only through elaborate orchestration and cultural exploration could the marvelous fusion between architecture and culture be reached.

About Capella Hotel Group:

Capella Hotel Group, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with offices in Asia and Europe offers hospitality management services globally with four distinct operating models: Capella Hotels and Resorts, an ultra-luxury hotel, resort, and residential concept designed for the most discerning travelers and offering personalized attention with locations in Dusseldorf, Singapore, Ixtapa, and Saint Lucia along with hotels planned for Orlando, Bangkok, Todos Santos, Shanghai and Bali.

Solís Hotels and Resorts, is an exclusive collection of resorts, hotels and residences designed for travelers and meeting planners who seek an environment with a global palette of cosmopolitan comfort, inspiring cuisine, world-class spas with locations in Donegal, Ireland, Sochi, Russia, and Nanjing, China along with hotels planned for Bali, Atlanta, and Orlando.

Independent Hotels and Resorts are unique properties that benefit from the management expertise and service culture of the Capella Hotel Group. Locations are in New Zealand, Bali, Russia and the United States along with hotels planned for Mexico, China and Europe.

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