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ImageHanoi Rocks- Good Evening Vietnam

“Hanoi’s club scene right now is dire; there's no other word for it.  There's simply no infrastructure in place to support a decent nightlife here at present.  The cops closed down the only decent club- New Century- about a year ago following a drug raid and fragmented the scene well and truly.”

Though New Zealander Giles Cooper heads up CAMA one of the few party promotion crews currently operating in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi- he’s refreshingly candid in his assessment of the city’s current nightlife scene.

“A couple of reasonable small venues have opened up but they tend to get filled with fancy boys and girls purely there to be seen; it seems no-one really gives a toss about the music,” he continues, “That's not to say there isn't good stuff going on from time to time (CAMA events of course) but it's slim pickings.  Probably the biggest problem is the supposed official shut-down time of 12am.  It's pretty hard to get cranking properly before that time, isn’t it.”

CAMA (standing for ‘Club for Art and Music Appreciation’) was set up by Giles and founding partner Nick with Hanoi Minsk Club adventurer Dan Dockery joining more recently to help fulfill their mission statement ‘to make something happen’. Dan, a pony tailed, charismatic, larger than life biker who’s lived in Vietnam long enough to be married, divorced and to learn Vietnamese, is as unimpressed as Giles with Hanoi’s current scene.

“Most Vietnamese clubbers look for a chance to 'be seen', they’re generally more concerned about being seen in the right place, drinking the most expensive liquors with extravagant trays of fruits over the table,” he says.

“Whilst people enjoy to 'let their hair down' most of them have little idea at all about music. Throw a techno beat behind Aled Jones, Chelsea FC or unheard of Danish bands like Michael Learns To Rock and they're pleased as punch.”

“To be honest, the state of Hanoi night-life right now is in temporary forced retirement with a view to going back to work in the future. However a long lay off is expected,” he chuckles.

Both promoters admit that the club scene in Vietnam’s other big conurbation Ho Chi Minh City is significantly more developed, though both equally prefer staying in Hanoi, with Giles singling out its ‘grimy, unpredictable character’ in particular.

“Though I wonder if we're a bit too negative about the scene here,’ he laughs, “We want people to come here after all.”

Visiting Cama’s Myspace page, immediate idiosyncrasies stand out including their mood setting of ‘pugnacious’ and club motto of ‘trouble- music-more trouble’ though Hanoi, despite pre-conceptions turns out to be a remarkably trouble free zone.

As the capital of Vietnam for almost 1,000 years (the millennium is next year) it’s best known to Westerners as the heart of USA defeaters North Vietnam and a distinctive military presence remains tangible today. One of the city’s key tourist attractions is the prison where John McCain was locked up during the war and immaculately dressed soldiers- old and new- are highly visible on the streets.

Hanoi also boasts countless fabulous pagodas and lakes and picture postcard French boulevards populated by strutting designer Dolce & Gabbana clad youth and old ladies carrying food dangling from poles across their shoulders. And it’s on the streets where Hanoi’s greatest danger lies, namely its traffic; threatening life and limb to both pedestrians and the hordes of apparently suicidal motorcylists navigating a traffic system that’s as near to total anarchy as anywhere on the planet. And one that bizarrely seems to work.

Dan, who occasionally organises motorbike tours for tourists, admits he’s had a few knocks, though explains that the first- and last rule of thumb is to go with the flow- to never stop, This applies to pedestrians too, resulting in individuals  routinely- and terrifyingly- stepping out in front of screeching buses, criss-crossed by bikes, buses and cars (literally) moving in all directions. Drink driving is also a major issue (countless locals sip countless beers on countless pavement bars from dawn onwards- even Singapore Airlines offers free beer automatically on boarding planes) though traffic is so heavy that speeds are thankfully slow.

ImageTouristic talk aside , I’m in Vietnam to DJ at the Heineken Green Planet Party @ Viet Soviet Friendship Palace, apparently the first large scale dance party Hanoi’s ever seen. Heineken are confident up to 2,000 local Vietnamese kids will pack into the hall, which they’ve decked out with a spacious circus style tented arena, fringed with bars, LCD monitors and Heineken hostesses, gorgeous girls in Santa outfits (it’s just before Xmas) whose main job appears to be looking gorgeous.

Showtime is 7.30pm prompt and local scene star DJ Tommy has an initially tough time. Cama guys Dan and Giles have warned beforehand that most Vietnamese youth have no experience of dance clubs at all, and it’s clear from the school disco style U space at the front of the dancefloor that no-one feels confident to get the party started. As Tommy bangs out local pop rave classics (Call On Me type pumping fodder), local hip hop hero K Beatbox eventually saves the day, bouncing onto the stage and calling people to the front. A massive surge results and within moments the whole floor is filled, to the relief of both Tommy and me, watching from stage right. Local hip hop acts and break-dancers pick up the vibe, as the hall fills up tight and even starts over-flowing.

Strongly advised by Giles and Dan to pack a safety backup of crowd pleasers, I kick off my set  at 10pm sharp with Andrea Dorea’s thumping classic Bucci Bag, followed by Princess Superstar, Crookers mix of Wiley and Tiegschwarz’s seminal rework of Spektrum’s ‘Something New’. The result (I’m delighted to say) is absolute pandemonium, as hundreds rush the stage, shouting, dancing and screaming. 90 minutes later, it’s 11.30 and the hall is shutting down, with many of the 2,000 revellers already streaming home from what’s already a late night. Hanging round for pictures are 20 or so keener clubbers, all of whom- to a man- are male.

“Despite the fact that several girls now drink, it's fair to say that most of them don't or might only in the slightest of moderation. The guys drink and drink in excess,” Dan muses. “Clubs in Hanoi are not necessarily so much a place to meet people; people go out in groups and tend to stick with their friends,” he says.

Despite this, both Dan and Giles (and seemingly all of their male expat friends) are in relationships with Vietnamese females, not least because, as Giles points out ‘far be it for me to make crass generalisations but I don't think it's unreasonable to say that Vietnamese girls are some of the sexiest in Asia.”

“But having said that, it can be difficult to make romantic headway due to language and cultural differences but then that's true of all men and women isn't it? “ Giles continues.

“It's not uncommon to hear Western women complain that it's hard to get the attentions of men in this place due to the competition. On the other hand, I know more than a few guys who have made it their MO (modus operanda) to mine the under-sexed Western girl vein with rich rewards.”

He’s also quick to point out that local Vietnamese guys pose little threat towards culturally insensitive expats on the pull.

“Aggro is not really an issue here provided you remain respectful,” says Giles.

“You're far more likely to end up entangled with psycho, stalker girls who still believe in Prince Charming, true love and virginity than you are to encounter violence chatting up someone else's girlfriend,” he laughs.
Girlfriend talk aside, both guys remain devoted to both Hanoi, and bringing over bands and DJs with Giles clear about what motivates his passions.

“What keeps me in Hanoi? Where to start?” he says, “The food, the weather, the motorbikes, the girls, the lunacy, the lack of a requirement to participate as a functioning member of civil society. “

And as far as putting on parties is concerned, it's precisely because we do live here that it's so important to us. We're not just passing through; we are making lives for ourselves here and  we need to take a certain responsibility for our own needs and wants.  It's self-sufficiency borne of necessity.  And of course it's a lot of fun.  We meet great people we wouldn't otherwise meet, and we get to play in an area that would be much more difficult to break into in an established market,” he points out.

Giles, who’s a business lawyer by day is  also cautiously optimistic about Hanoi’s longer term future, both in clubbing terms and generally.

“Change tends to happen very incrementally here and predicting the direction things will take is not easy.  Often times it's a case of two steps forward, one step back,” he says.

“That said, everything here, including entertainment in general and youth culture in particular, is on an upwards curve and I would not expect that to change.  The vast majority of Vietnam's 85 million people are under 30 years of age and they are opening up and expressing themselves in ways that are new to Vietnam.”

So why visit Hanoi before Bangkok or Singapore?

“Let's be honest: Singapore's a lovely clean sophisticated but boring place; it’s the Switzerland of Asia; hardly a cutting edge kind of destination,” Giles suggests.

“If you go to an event there, you can be sure everything's government sanctioned, and above board whereas Hanoi in contrast is a chaotic, contradictory place with a lot of energy and uncertainty.  People living here tend to be very enthusiastic about what's going on because they know very well that options are limited and you never know when an event could be shut down.  Bangkok's somewhere in the middle and a great place to visit, it’s closer to HCMC than Hanoi in temperament, options and venues.  If it was me, I'd stop in Bangkok on my way to Hanoi,” he advises. (Heineken Green Party in Hanoi, Youtube footage: 19 December’08) (CAMA party information here) (typically scary Hanoi traffic, youtube) (Unbelievably typically scary Hanoi traffic)

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ImageLAMC Productions is proud to announce that UK duo The Ting Tings and English dance electronic act The Prodigy will perform for the first time in Singapore as part of the inaugural BIG NIGHT OUT @ Fort Canning Park.

The Ting Tings will perform their first show of 2009 in Singapore on January 13th before headlining Big Day Out 2009 in Australia.

On February 3rd 2009, UK dance act The Prodigy will hit the stage for their first ever full fledge concert in Singapore.

Zouk presents Mystery Jets (UK) live in concert!
Sunday 11 January 2009
9pm at Zouk (8pm doors open)
90 minute show + post party

With their colourful, catchy guitar pop to prog rock, Mystery Jets have been winning the hearts and minds of critics and fans alike, headlining and selling out performances. Undoubtedly influenced by the 1980’s, the bohemian, London based band’s musical heroes range from The Cure and The Smiths to Prince and Michael Jackson.

With two outstanding albums, ‘Making Dens’ (2006) and the second album ‘Twenty One’ (2008) produced by Indie DJ Mash Up Don, Erol Alkan, the results were even catchier choruses and huge stylistic instrumentations. Melodic hit singles like ‘Two Doors Down’, ‘Young Love’ ft Laura Marling and ‘Half In Love With Elizabeth’ have all made the connection between clever indie and wry pop. And the dance world have all embraced the band, with remixes by Justice, Switch and Zongamin just to name a few.

Living up to the hype, Mystery Jets live shows exude exuberance and unpredictability in a most convincingly stylish manner. “We want to communicate, says Will (guitar, vocals) but in a way that isn’t superficial, in a way that can make a difference to peoples lives. “

There is little doubt that Mystery Jets are one of the most exciting UK bands to emerge in recent years.
"Mystery Jets are a must-go-see. They score for harnessing so much energy..."
“A band working towards brilliance” NME
"...glorious, marathon music-makers who will undoubtedly be having you weeping all over your iPod.." NME

Essential Mystery Jets listening:
Making Dens (679 Recordings, Warner Music Group) 
Zootime (8 May 2007, U.S. only release, Dim Mak Recordings)
Twenty One (679 Recordings, Warner Music Group)

Ticketing Information:
800 tickets available only so buy now! This is a free standing event.

$40nett – for first 200 to purchase
$48nett – tickets purchased until Sat 10th Jan
$55nett – tickets purchased at the door on Sun 11th Jan

Min age of entry: 16, photo ID required.

Tickets are available from the Zouk office & ticketing booth, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 3am. Zouk Management is located at 17 Jiak Kim Street Singapore 169420

Fax booking form available at or call 6738 2988

Zouk members must also purchase tickets.

(information provided by the venue)

Exclusive private members club KEE Shanghai is now open

The highly anticipated KEE Shanghai – the first overseas branch of the famous Hong Kong private members club that counts celebrities and royalty among its habituees - has now opened its doors to Shanghai society.

KEE Shanghai will offer the same unique “salon” and dining environment that has proved such a huge success in Hong Kong, drawing a chic local and international following, which includes members of royal families, heads of state, renowned film directors and celebrities. International celebrity visitors include Jude Law, Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Michael Jordan, Sting and Asian celebrities Michelle Yeo, Chau Yun Fat, Maggie Q, Wong Kar Wai and Hidetoshi Nakata.

Elegantly located behind the grand stone entrance and cast iron gates of 796 Huai Hai Rd, past a beautifully cultivated garden, KEE Shanghai discreetly resides in the striking 1920s heritage maison Twin Villas, a location it shares with the Richemont Shanghai headquarters, sitting above the flagship stores for China of distinguished brands such as Alfred Dunhill and Vacheron Constantin.

Stunning wooden staircases lead up to the club as sunlight streams through original stained-glass windows. Inside are all-wood floors, high ceilings, French windows and tiled balconies. KEE Shanghai ‘s European lounge salon style interior offers a relaxed, intimate and cultured ambiance for drinking and dining, and its beautiful setting makes it the perfect location for events, ranging from exhibitions to fashion shows to business meetings or parties.

Visitors to the restaurant and lounge bar will encounter excellent service while being surrounded by a personal collection of elegant antique and designer furniture.  Fine art adorns the walls and the diverse collection personally selected by KEE founders Christian and Maria Rhomberg includes exclusive pieces by specially commissioned artists. 

The club’s restaurant is set to become one of the top fine dining establishments in the whole of China.  Dining at KEE is a sophisticated experience.  Patrons are invited to indulge in a contemporary French Mediterranean menu. Lunch and intimate afternoon teas and brunches are also available on the lawn at weekends.  

KEE Shanghai’s head chef Willaim Mahi has worked in the kitchens of such culinary superstars as Nicolas Le Bec, Stephane Gaborueau and Christian Tetedoie in Lyon, and Helen Darroze and Alain Ducasse in Paris.  Maria and Christian Rhomberg searched for a young, dynamic and creative chef such as William who presents food in a modern way and sources the finest organic, local and international ingredients.

To accompany the fine dining menu the exquisite club has a vast drinks menu including an extensive sprits selection, a signature cocktail menu and over 200 wines chosen by French sommelier Francois Loretz who has worked for establishments such as the 3 Michelin Star La Tour D’Argent and Alain Ducasse in Paris.

KEE Shanghai caters for the most exclusive and innovative corporate functions in its secluded outdoor garden and private salons (The Library and The Golden Room) on the third floor of Twin Villas. In addition, The Dunhill Salon & Vancheron Constantin Salon on the fourth floor are larger private dining rooms themed in the style of each luxury brand, and are available for private events.

Membership to KEE Shanghai is now available at 9,000RMB per year including a spouse card and includes two visits to KEE Hong Kong. For Joint membership of both KEE Shanghai and KEE Hong Kong is also available for 12,000RMB per year. For membership enquiries please contact Maggie Wu on (86-21) 3395 0888

KEE Shanghai is located at 796 Huai Hai Road Middle, Shanghai 200020, in the heart of the city’s business, shopping and entertainment area. For reservations please call +86 21 3395 0888 or email  For more information on KEE visit

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Hong Kong’s exclusive KEE private members club opens in Shanghai this October

Hong Kong’s exquisite KEE private members club founded in 2001 by Maria and Christian Rhomberg, is to open its first overseas club in Mainland China. KEE Shanghai opens this October in Shanghai at the city’s prestigious new heritage site Twin Villas, on 796 Huai Hai Road.

KEE is a private members’ club set in a truly unique, beautiful and intimate environment, for people who are interested in being part of a certain lifestyle which embraces the ultimate in art, music, food, wine and most importantly, people.

Although KEE is different things to different people, it has one uniting factor: it is a home to its members and is a place for modern people who are interesting, influential and fun.


KEE Shanghai will offer the same unique “salon” and dining environment that has proved such a huge success in Hong Kong, drawing a chic local and international following, which includes members of royal families, heads of state, renowned film directors and celebrities. International celebrity visitors include Jude Law, Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Michael Jordan, Sting and Asian celebrities Michelle Yeo, Chau Yun Fat, Maggie Q, Wong Kar Wai and Hidetoshi Nakata.


Visitors to KEE Shanghai can expect rich fabrics and textures, antique furniture and collections of art from past centuries in rooms reminiscent of European salons, recalling an age that was known for its artistic decadence and intellectual conversation, much like the old Shanghai of the 1920s.


Beautifully restored to its previous grandeur, the 1921 Twin Villas offers the perfect setting for KEE Shanghai. The club, which is renowned in Hong Kong for its personal service and luxury ambience, will share the building with the Richemont Shanghai headquarters, sitting above the flagship stores for China of distinguished brands such as Alfred Dunhill and Vacheron Constantin.


Serene landscaped gardens lead visitors to the villas where they enter KEE either directly or choose to walk up the stunning wooden staircases with sunlight streaming through original stained-glass windows.  KEE Shanghai comprises a cosy, elegant brasserie style restaurant, an exquisite yet relaxing lounge and bar, both with outdoor balconies overlooking the gardens, and intimate rooms for private dining.  All-wood floors, high ceilings and French windows add wonderfully to the ambience of the club.


Set to become one of the finest restaurants in Shanghai, KEE Shanghai will offer a contemporary French and Mediterranean fine dining menu accompanied by an excellent wine selection.  In addition, there will also be high tea and Saturday/Sunday brunch as well as a Chinese banquet menu served in the private rooms and more casual Japanese –inspired and international-style tapas menu and sensational cocktails served from the bar.


In its short history, KEE private members club in Hong Kong has played host to a plethora of lifestyle events, which range from gourmet dinners featuring Michelin-starred chefs and the finest wines from across the globe. These include Dom Pérignon’s showcase event - the Seven Sensualities dinner, as well as champagne and wine pairing events for the likes of Krug, Veuve Clicquot and Gaja.


Fashion powerhouses along with emerging designers favour the venue for catwalk presentations or intimate trunk shows thanks to its stylish crowd and the elegant surrounds.  Art also runs through the veins of KEE private members club, and regular exhibitions and headline events such as Christie’s private viewing of priceless Monets as well as a gala dinner for Christie’s chairman Viscount David Lindley have taken place at the club in the past year.


KEE private members club has also been known to hold other unique events in the form of charity auctions, film screenings, and lunch talks on a diverse range of subjects.


Delightfully charming with a style of its own, there will similarly be no bounds to the happenings that will occur at KEE Shanghai.


KEE Shanghai is located at 796 Huai Hai Road Middle, Shanghai 200020, in the heart of the city’s business, shopping and entertainment area.  Phone: 86 21 3397 0888.  For more information on KEE visit


[Kee Club] “the environment to chill à la Hotel Costes or to party with friends until the wee hours’

Vogue Magazine

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Avril Lavigne - The Best Damn Tour - Macau

Date Friday, 26th September 2008 
Venue CotaiArena™
Ticket Price
MOP $880, MOP $680, MOP $380


Linkin Park Live in Macau

Date Tuesday, 21st October 2008
Venue CotaiArena™
Ticket Price
MOP $880, MOP $680, MOP $580, MOP $380

Jolin live in Macau

Saturday, 1st November 2008
Venue CotaiArena™
Ticket Price
MOP$1200, MOP$680, MOP$480, MOP$280

SingTel presents ZoukOut 2008! 

The Golden Experience
Aiming to create Golden moments, etched in your mind, ZoukOut 2008, everyone’s favourite beach party returns this December to bring party people across the region on a brilliant escape into a rhapsody of music, dancing, art and festivities.   

Like life’s peak experiences that unify, bring joy, and create a sense of interconnectedness, ZoukOut’s programme was conceived with the very intention to keep everyone blissfully entertained throughout the event, to stay and see the sunrise together.  

Sundown, So Good!  – ZoukOut extends its hours
In fitting with the golden theme, ZoukOut’s opening hours will be brought forward by 2 hours to 6pm to capture the sunset and include the best acts to suit the precious sundown hours.

Carnival rhythms, fused with contemporary sounds, an 8 piece band and an 80 strong percussion team make up the rousing act Bloco Singapura + NovoBloco. After an unforgettable debut at The Night Festival in July 2008, the act is back to open ZoukOut and set the mood for the mesmerizing and oh so seductive French collective, Nouvelle Vague.  With their cover songs from the 1980s New Wave and punk era, the bossa-inspired, beautifully rendered remakes of tunes such as Joy Divisions' Love Will Tear Us Apart and The Clash's Guns Of Brixton will send waves across the beach.  

Nothing Beats The Lineup – Preview lineup released:  
Encapsulating the sounds and vibes of the various rooms namely; Velvet Underground, Phuture and the much feted main room of Zouk, this party of grandeur proportions pushes boundaries as much as the sounds of electronica past and present.

Besides Nouvelle Vague live, part time art director / music maker and ZoukOut debutant, Henrik Schwarz will inspire with his deep, infectious techno infused live set. With releases on labels like the coveted “!K7” and the seminal “Innervisions” he’s just the man to get the groove on for this all out sweat fest.

A relative newbie but no less a force to be reckoned with is none other than Dragan Raganovic, otherwise known as Dirty South. His meteoric rise is no fluke as he’s a prolific producer whose big room electro party tracks find favor with the world’s biggest DJs like Laurent Garnier and Francois K. His uncanny remixing skills have seen him giving the golden touch to artistes from Tracey Thorn and Tiesto to the Pussycat Dolls and even Snoop Dogg. If anyone can bring the party to fever pitch it’s Dirty South.
Dance music pioneer, stadium filler and “Son of Man” (as he was one time known as), Sasha returns to ZoukOut after a 5 year hiatus. A hectic tour schedule, on-going production work on top of running his new label “emFIRE” is how Sasha stays ahead of the game and continually stays in the Top 10 DJ list. Seamlessly creating intricate soundscapes whilst keeping the groove and rhythm, Sasha’s inimitable DJing style is something to behold.

More names to be released in the next press release in September. House, Techno, Trance, Indie-disco, Bossa Nova, Hip Hop, Mash up, Minimal, Balearic & Mambo Jambo; it’s all Zouk and it’s all at ZoukOut.

Check from15 September for the latest updates!!!

Artists Storm the Beach 
Everyone who has ever attended ZoukOut knows it’s not only about the best in dance music, it’s about the entire festival experience, an escape into a unique entertainment wonderland, for locals and visitors alike.

For 2008, besides the usual out-of-this world performers, carnival rides, drumming lessons, palmistry, massages and inexpensive food vendors Zouk teams up with The Singapore Art Museum to present 5 one off installations by Singapore’s premier artists.    

Awards aren’t everything but they sure are nice!
Zouk and ZoukOut enjoyed a double win at the prestigious Singapore Tourism Awards 2008, a night that highlights the stars in the local tourism industry. Zouk and ZoukOut 2007 were awarded “Best Event Leisure Experience” and “Best Club” respectively.       

ZoukOut 2008 -A dance music festival    
Singapore Ticketing Information:
Tickets are available from Friday 24th October at the Zouk ticketing booth or through phone bookings. All major credit cards are accepted, call +65 67382988 or fax + 65 67383988 (office hours tues–sat 10am – 3am)

**$38 Advance Happy Hour tickets **entry to ZoukOut venue before 9pm only. Limited to 2000 tickets, available at the Zouk ticketing booth only. (Live Fresh DBS Visa Platinum Cards enjoy a 15% discount off tickets)

$48 - Advance tickets (up till 12th December)
- Live Fresh DBS Visa Platinum Cards enjoy 15% discount off tickets and all other DBS/POSB Credit Cards get 5% off
$58 – Event Day tickets on 13th December available from the Zouk ticketing booth (all day) and at the venue (from 6.30pm onwards)
- Live Fresh DBS Visa Platinum Cards enjoy 15% discount off tickets and all other DBS/POSB Credit Cards get 5% off

Advance tickets are also available at all SISTIC authorized agents, SISTIC Hotline: 63485555, and at HMV Heeren 67331822 and Citylink 62387218.
Minimum age of entry 18, photo ID required to gain entry.
Note: The entire Zouk complex will be closed on this night.
*This is a rain or shine event. Swimming is strictly prohibited during the entire event.

More information available at  Check regularly for updates. 

(information provided by the pr company)

JIA Shanghai Scoops ‘Best Hotel Design of the Year’ at the IDC Hospitality Design Awards

JIA Shanghai, the city’s first design-led boutique residence, scooped ‘Best Hotel Design of the Year’ award in the annual INTERIOR DESIGN China (IDC) Hospitality Design Awards.

JIA Shanghai won the top prize for overall Best Hotel Design. The competition also included five other categories for the design of Restaurants, Lounge/Bar/Night Clubs, Suite/Guest Rooms, Spas and Lobby/Reception Areas.

The award was presented on June 27, in conjunction with the International Hospitality Design and Innovation Forum at the Shanghai 100% Exhibition.

Annually hosted by INTERIOR DESIGN China and HOTELS China magazines,

China’s leading hospitality design awards recognise the past year’s most outstanding hotel projects.

Competition judges included renowned international architects and interior designers, professionals, academics and editors from INTERIOR DESIGN China and HOTELS China. Among them were Rao Liangxiu, ex-president of CIID and senior design professional with China’s Architecture Design Institute, Spanish designer Jaime Bouzaglo, American architect Michele Saee, and editors from Canada’s Intérieurs magazine and Italy’s Area magazine.

JIA’s founder and owner, 29 year-old Singaporean Yenn Wong said “I am especially thrilled for our talented designers and my own team of specialists who contributed with invaluable input, to collect the prestigious award for Best Hotel Design”. Yenn took the approach of appointing three different designers to create the interiors of JIA Shanghai. The rooms and suites were designed by Melbourne-based BURO Architects in association with Hecker Phelan and Guthrie Interiors (HP&G). HP&G are responsible for award winning projects such as The Prince Boutique Hotel, Longrain and Comme in Melbourne, and Establishment in Sydney and, together with BURO, the iconic and awarded Botanical Hotel in Melbourne. 

The Lobby of the hotel is designed with an eclectic mix of bespoke furniture by award-winning interior designer, André Fu of Hong Kong architectural firm AFSO. Fu is a protégé of renowned architect John Pawson and designer of the homes of several celebrities in Hong Kong, including Michelle Yeoh’s. He has been described by Condé Nast Traveler USA as an “Asian design sensation”, by Travel + Leisure, USA as the “Designer of the Moment” and by Wallpaper magazine as an “upcoming talent”.

Design of JIA Shanghai’s very popular Italian restaurant, Issimo, was awarded to Hong Kong based Darryl Goveas of Pure Creative International who are responsible for several award winning restaurants and bars in Asia and also for flagship store concepts for luxury fashion brands Dior, Dior Home and Fendi.

JIA Shanghai opened its chic doors in August 2007 and has collected awards across the world, voted on the “Hot List” 2008 by Condé Nast Traveller in the UK and Condé Nast Traveler in the US, and included on the Travel + Leisure “It List” 2008.

With its prime, central location in a stunning 1920’s building on the corner of Nanjing Road and Tai Xing Road, JIA Shanghai features 55 spacious guestrooms and suites, some with private balconies, and a host of special facilities for the most discerning travellers. Two penthouse suites are located on the top floor, each appointed with ultra indulgent facilities and the Penthouse Plus including a super-size Jacuzzi, steam-room, DJ booth and cocktail bar with a pesonalised bartender.

JIA Shanghai also features a Techno gym and a Business Centre with two offices and a boardroom with videoconferencing facilities as well as Issimo, its signature restaurant and bar which serves the truly authentic home-style Italian cuisine of celebrity chef Salvatore Cuomo, an excellent wine list and sensational cocktails in an invitingly warm and rustic ambience..

JIA Shanghai is located at 931 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai 200041, People’s Republic of China.  For room reservations call + (86-21) 6217 9000 or Email: For table reservations at Issimo call 86 21 6287 9009. For further information please visit JIA Shanghai’s website:

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