Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai’s talented Sommelier Tansy Zhao (Zhao Huaiqiang) won the first place in the China National Sommelier Competition

Hong Kong, 2014-9-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai’s talented Sommelier, Tansy Zhao ( Zhao Huaiqiang)  has won first place in the China National Sommelier Competition, and will represent China at the 2015 World Youth Sommelier Competition.

“This is truly an important milestone for me,” said Tansy after receiving the recognition. “I look forward to welcoming guests to Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai and offering advice on the best way to enjoy wine.”

Candidates from China’s six regions participated in the preliminary contest, which is the only professional competition in China.  The China National Sommelier Competition aims to improve Chinese Sommeliers professional knowledge, service and their roles.

“We are very proud of our Sommelier Tansy Zhao’s achievement,” says Hildegard Anzenberger, Director of Food and Beverage at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai. “We aim to provide memorable dining experiences, and a good Sommelier plays an important role in pairing the right wine with food for our guests to enjoy.”

A new extensive master wine list is available at Fifty 8° Grill, Yong Yi Ting, and Qi Bar, showcasing more than 250 labels with an emphasis on wines from France, Italy, Australia, Germany, USA and China.

Located on the east bank of the Huangpu River, amidst the dramatic skyline of the Lujiazui financial district, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai redefines luxury waterfront living in Shanghai. With an unrivalled location, legendary service and world-class facilities, the 362-room hotel and 210 fully serviced executive apartments are poised to become Shanghai’s most desirable address.

The hotel features 318 spacious guestrooms and 44 suites and is also home to the largest and most expensive Presidential Suite in Shanghai, spanning 788 square metres with a sky garden terrace and magnificent river views. The 210 luxury furnished apartments – from studio to three bedrooms – are Shanghai’s only fully serviced riverside residences, and  are designed to offer the ultimate in luxury and comfort.

Chef Richard Ekkebus of the two-Michelin starred Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, will preside at the hotel’s Fifty 8° Grill, and Shanghainese celebrity chef Tony Lu will be at the helm of Chinese restaurant Yong Yi Ting. All-day kitchen Zest, Qi Bar, Riviera Lobby Lounge and The Mandarin Cake Shop complete the essential dining options for business and leisure.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai offers guests Mandarin Oriental’s renowned signature therapies and advanced beauty and holistic wellness treatments within a soothing Zen oasis. Additional recreational facilities at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai include a fully equipped Fitness & Wellness Centre with a Kinesis wall and Maya Fit virtual trainers; a 25-metre indoor swimming pool; and a thermal bathing facility.

The hotel is also perfectly placed for exclusive meetings and conferences in Shanghai. A selection of multi-functional event spaces includes a Grand Ballroom hosting 500 guests, an Oriental Ballroom for 250 guests, plus eight versatile meeting rooms.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from a well-respected Asian hotel company into a global brand, the Group now operates, or has under development, 45 hotels representing close to 11,000 rooms in 25 countries, with 20 hotels in Asia, ten in The Americas and 15 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates or has under development, 13 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

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