Every year, Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated during the eighth month of the lunar calendar as a time to celebrate blessings and give back to family, friends and loved ones. Check out how Shangri-La and Hotel Jen properties throughout China observed the festive holiday by engaging with their communities.
Right before Mid-Autumn Festival, a super typhoon hit Shenzhen, which caused road damage with fallen trees and debris. When the typhoon subsided, city workers spent days cleaning the roads to a functional state. As a token of appreciation for their efforts, colleagues from Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen delivered mooncakes to the workers and wished them and their families a happy and festive Mid-Autumn Festival.
Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen continued its Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations by serving a hot meal and playing games with students at Dong Ying School, which educates children from low-income communities near Shenzhen.
Thirty colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao delivered mooncakes to the Da Gao Primary School, the hotel’s EMBRACE beneficiary. After the gift exchange, colleagues participated in fun games with the students including skit performances and a hula-hooping competition.
The children showed their appreciation by performing dances and traditional martial arts techniques that they learned at the school.
On September 10, volunteers from Shangri-La Hotel, Yangzhou visited Chunlei Special School, the hotel’s EMBRACE partner, to deliver mooncakes and healthy snacks to the teachers and children with hearing disabilities.
On September 17, Gao Yuezeng, general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou, organized a visit to the Suzhou Jia Yue Special Children’s Early Intervention Centre. Yuezeng and hotel colleagues donated mooncakes and gifts to the children and teachers at the center.
“This is the sixth consecutive year that Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou has celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival with the center,” said Lucy Yang, executive assistant manager of sales and marketing at Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou. “The hotel and its colleagues are committed to engaging with the children and teachers throughout the year, especially during this season of giving.”
On September 20, Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing colleagues visited a local community center that services low-income members of the community. The volunteers delivered Mid-Autumn Festival gift bags to wish everyone a prosperous holiday season.
Later that week, colleagues hosted a mooncake making class at Huai Yang Training Kitchen. Students from the hotel’s Shangri-La Class, who are training to be employees in the hospitality industry, enjoyed making homemade mooncakes, which they took home to gift to family members and loved ones.
On September 20, colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin and Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin delivered 100 boxes of mooncakes and 135 books to students at the Yongsheng Primary School, the hotels’ EMBRACE beneficiary. After the gift exchange, Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin’s pastry chef taught the children how to make their own mooncakes from scratch.
“The children and teachers of Yongsheng Primary School visited with each other and enjoyed the traditions of the holiday season,” said Samantha Li, executive assistant manager at Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin. “The children ended the day with a beautiful performance, which we were very grateful for.”
On September 20, Shangri-La’s Sanya Resort & Spa, Hainan’s general manager and resident manager led 10 colleagues and the resort mascot, Loo Hoo, during a visit Bing Village Primary School. The colleagues prepared a delicious breakfast and performed a fun dance and song for the children. Afterward, the volunteers helped teach the children during safety and English language courses. At the end of the visit, the volunteers gifted the teachers with special mooncake boxes.
On September 21, Shangri-La Hotel, Fuzhou volunteers visited Mercy Field Home, the hotel’s EMBRACE beneficiary, for a day of festive celebrations with the children. Colleagues delivered mooncakes, donated books, clothes and small gifts, as well as played fun games with the children.
“Mercy Field Home is the first private charity institution in the Fujian province that supports children whose parents have been incarcerated,” said Kris Zheng, e-commerce colleague at Shangri-La Hotel, Fuzhou. “We were glad to visit the children during this special time, especially since they can’t be with their parents.”
When the colleagues left the center, the children showed their appreciation with small handmade gifts.
Shangri-La Hotel, Wenzhou invited six children from the Wenzhou Children's Welfare Institute to visit the hotel during the festive season. The children enjoyed a traditional reunion dinner at the hotel's Shang Palace. After dinner, colleagues gifted each child a box of mooncakes.
To show appreciation to elderly community members, colleagues at Hotel Jen Shenyang delivered hotel-made mooncakes to residents of the Songpuboai Nursing Home.
“We wanted to show the residents that we care about them, especially during this festive holiday season,” said Anna Li, human resources service leader at Hotel Jen Shenyang.
Henry Yang, executive assistant manager at Shangri-La Hotel, Dalian, led a group of colleagues to visit a local elderly home to deliver Mid-Autumn Festival gifts.
Colleagues also performed a fun song and dance for the residents.
Forty colleagues from Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai visited Huangpu No. 1 Nursing Home to deliver mooncakes and wish the residents a joyous Mid-Autumn Festival.
Great job to our colleagues who celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival with CSR!