The Huguenots were religious refugees, all they needed to do to stop the persecution in France was to sign a piece of paper that acknowledged the errors of John Calvin and turn up at church each Sunday.
Yet if they tried to leave they were subject to Draconian punishments.
Premium properties go to even greater extremes to distinguish themselves: Vertiginous lobbies, rooftop bars with Jacuzzis, bathtubs in living rooms, evening ‘unwind’ rituals, tai chi courtyards, feng shui architecture, sunset yacht cruises and decadent day spas are just a few examples.
The city beckons with top shopping and quaint Shanghai tea houses for a restorative break and seasonal Shanghai e-coupon discounts.
Coat of arms in the Hanbury Hall dating from 1740, when “La Patente” Church moved into the building, signifying the patent originally granted by James II. The Fleur de Lis was adopted as the symbol of the Huguenots.
Sundial in Fournier St recording the date of the building of the Huguenot Church.
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And you can rest assured that any brands that are not yet represented (several with multiple properties) will be arriving shortly in this booming metropolis.
Intense competition is pushing Shanghai hotels to continuously finesse their game.
Consequently, contemporary luxuries like in-room Broadband, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, laptop-size safes and rainforest showerheads are standard amenities in Shanghai’s four- and five-star hotels.