Shanghai Cafe wishes you a comfortable stay in your Jianshe hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. Christian's Hotel in Luoyang China, the beautiful and historic San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, the Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai, Claridge's in London, the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town and the Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Myths, Legends and Folklore of China
How ageing, renegade foxes could avoid death by transforming themselves into attractive men and women, so as to seduce young people and drain them of their life-force; the devastation caused by the horned, bodiless rain dragon, Thaoh-thieh, that lost its body as a punishment for eating people and, having no stomach, is insatiable; how Monkey was released from his mountain prison, to accompany the pilgrim Thang Seng and his assistant Pig on their quest to the Western Paradise, to bring back the original teachings of Buddha; how an unburied corpse, with the legs traditionally bound together, may become a chiang-shih, a "hopping ghost", blind but vampiric and with powers that may include flight, long and prehensile eyebrows, powerful breath and the ability to change its appearance; how each earthly house had both human and spiritual dwellers, including a kitchen spirit that was bribed with sweets so that he would not give, each new year, an unfavourable report to the Emperor of Heaven; how Buddha offered Heaven to Monkey if Monkey was powerful enough to escape from his palm, but Buddha's command of space and time was such that his palm encompassed the Universe, and Monkey was trapped within Buddha's magical mountain; and how, after causing trouble in heaven, Monkey escaped to Mount Hua-Kuo, where he repulsed Heaven's armies, proclaiming himself to be both a saint and ruler of Heaven, are among the myths, legends and folktales of China. (We do not promote superstition and they are presented for your interest only.)